The vintage fabric sleeveless duster has been completed! It’s been a while in the making, re-read here and here. Sew many other projects were ahead of the dear duster. Market season came to a close last week. So I made sure this was my priority for today.
I was inspired by all your input and suggestions dear readers and from a vintage pattern 1284 by Simplicity. Thank you so much everyone for fostering my newest sewing creation. And especially to D. for sharing this fabric with me. I love to wear layers and this will be a great addition to my wardrobe. I’m thrilled to be able to wear this now.
Just in time for fall.
I found a large black sheer scarf at thrift store to upcycle as front trim and collar. It was cut into strips on the bias and folded. I sandwiched it between the binding I used for front and neck hem. I also used binding for armscye trim. (I do dislike hemming)
It was so much easier to use lace hem tape and I like the finished look it gives too. The side and shoulder seams were done in french seams for that reason too. I did do a double hem for the side slits tho.
Next time I’d make the slits longer, probably up to my knees. They’re about mid-calf now.
For the front pockets I did a fussy cut as well as I could given the design of this fabric. I didn’t want to make too much of them tho. It would take away from the detail in the over all look I thought. No distractions. But I knew I must have pockets on it. I sewed them on at a slight slant too. I like some things tilted and off the beam. A bit like me. ;D
The back has two darts just off the side. I found it fits my portly portion best. Just enough so I kept the swirl in the design take center. Focal of the fabric I think.
So there is the finished duster. I have so many choices with this too. Black,brown,gray,tan slacks and tops. Or even with skirt or dress. What do you think?
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