And….Taffy is done!!!
This ended up being a fun and pretty easy pattern. The key to this project — Spray Starch!!
I used a sheer poly chiffon that has a plaid weave.
This is a fairly slippery fabric, and the starch really helped give me control over it. Not only did it stop slipping off the table, it was easier to pin, fold, cut, and I think it helped control the fraying too.
Since I got my fabric for super cheap, I decided to live on the edge and skip the muslin. However, I did make a few adjustments to the pattern. First I lowered the darts a bit, which I knew I’d want to do because I’ve done this for all the Colette patterns I’ve made so far. From what I’ve read about the pattern, the neckline on this top is very wide, and it has a tendency to slip off the shoulder. So I brought the neck and shoulders in by adding about 3/4 inch to the neck and removing about 1/2 inch off the shoulders. If I make this again, I will make the arm holes a smidge bigger, because the sleeves feel a little tight in the pit area.
This was my first time cutting on the bias. The pattern instructions said to lay out each piece, trace it, and then flip it over to trace the other side. I trace my patterns anyway, so I just traced full-sized pattern pieces, rather than doing the flip.
The Colette Handbook and my older sewing books offer different instructions on how to sew french seams. According to the Handbook, you first sew a 1/4 inch seam, then a 3/8 inch seam, as explained here. The other books say to first sew a 3/8 seam, trim the seam allowance, and then sew a 1/4 inch seam, as described here. I like the Colette method better, it’s quicker. But you do get a narrower seam with the traditional method.
I used purchased bias tape, but made the mistake of only getting one package. I ran out. 😦 These sleeves are really big!
Even though I was initially hesitant to sew this pattern, I’m really glad that I decided to make a Taffy. 🙂