Flocked fabric originated in Switzerland with the Swiss dot fabric. This fabric was woven and not flocked at first until mass production provided the same effect. Sheer flocked fabric became increasingly popular in the 40's thru late 60's. Most of these fabric are synthetic (remind me of that later...you will see). This fabric is gentle, usually summery in color and weight, and perfect for a project I have had in mind for a while.
This pattern was another pick up while waiting in line to get fabric cut at Jo Ann's almost a year ago. (I think they do that on purpose, like putting the magazines at the checkout of the grocery store)! Looked like an easy top to wear in the heat of summer.
Two yards of vintage flocked fabric have been waiting to be made into something more than a folded bundle. The print is no bigger than 2 inches. It is a nice soft yellow, but it is very sheer.
Gathering some supplies. The fabric cut nicely. I do not sew with a serger so I made sure to pink all the edges when I made the initial cuts. Once I began to sew I was surprised to see the fabric didn't shift or roll. Ah! but it was not all peaches and cream...there were no markings on this yardage. Me being me, I flipped on the iron and started to press my seams...ack! The fabric melted! Hello, synthetic!
I love how the arm seams came out. No seam tape, no seam binding. Very unusual technique for me. Beautifully, hidden.
There were two options to have a bow or no bow. I am a bow/ruffle kind of girl.
This top has been steamed three times. My seams are still not laying flat. That is the OCD in me. Overall, it turned out great. Worn with a pair of black carpi's it can be dressed up. Or I can dress it down with a pair of shorts. I have a white camisole to wear under it. It was certainly true to size on the pattern although I did shorten the length 2 inches to make it petite.
This is my ode to Doris Day. It screams Don't Eat the Daisies...wear them!