A Glamorous Mistake

Sometimes what we think is a mistake, turns into an unexpected touch of glam!  Samina, you look marvelous!  
You can follow Samina and read more about these pants (Coral Ponte Knit, sold out) and her current sewing plan at Sew Everything Blog.  Thanks, Samina!!

Hi friends, I’m going to share some ugly truths behind my careless execution of a knit neckline, and an idea for a cover up of said faulty execution. The moral: you don’t always have to rip your seams for a sewing error; cover it up.

Fabric: Gorgeous navy/white striped knit from Sew Much Fabric. I bought it as part of my Neon Spring Wardrobe Plan to tone down the neon part. More about that progress in a future post.

Pattern: Much used Renfrew top by Sewaholic Patterns .

The mess up:

The careless application of the neckband where the stripe is unevenly sewn is quite obvious in the photo above. Alas.

The cover-up: Hey, look! I had a stretch plastic sequin braid in my box of seemingly-useless-sewing-stuff.

On close inspection (photo below), the sequins are incorporated into a stretchy woolly nylon braid.

After a bit of manipulating with steam to give it a curve, it was hand sewn to the neckline for camouflage. It’s now utterly glam!! Notes (warnings) to remember: 1) Never apply an iron directly to a plastic or nylon braid. Ever. 2) Do not attempt to sew it down using a sewing machine; needles will break.

Behind the glam:

So, how does one maintain the stretch factor in the neckline? By using a hand-sewing diagonal stitch using the same direction as the overcast stitch. Except, we’re not overcasting an edge here but attaching a stretchy braid to a stretchy knit and therefore maintaining the stretch factor.

Done! Kinda messy from the inside but it’s utterly glam from the outside — and that’s what really matters in our daily, frequently-used wearables.

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