So here she is, Matchy Matchy. Up close and VERY personal, this is the guts and glory of her, the insides and outsides, from above and below.
I won’t get into detail about where or how this project came about – you can click on the footer (the pretty thing at the end of this post) – for those details. What I will get into are the details I haven’t explained.
First is the shoulder seam. This isn’t really a detail but more of a clarification. Yes, the shoulder seam sits back on the form but on body – my body – it’s aligned. Because I do yoga more than I should, I naturally push my shoulders back like a ballerina. It’s nothing to complain about – I like this feature of mine – but I have to shift the shoulder seam back on my patterns to accommodate for it.
Second is the glitter ties. Neat, right? The CB slit is constructed as any slit would be – the glitter ties along with a 1″ grosgrain ribbon (to act as a shield) were inserted between back neck facing and self. For the ties on the shorts, I wanted to showcase the grosgrain ribbon – it was silk and from Paper Source and oodles of pretty and I wanted to show it. Okay? So I created an opening just like a welt or besom pocket. It was constructed as shown on diagram above. The only thing to note is that the opening is 3/4″ wide and the grosgrain ribbon is 1″ wide, which mean that when the shorts are worn, the grosgrain ribbon sits behind the back panel (and on the inside). Feel me?
Lastly, beading. The act of beading causes shrinkage and distortion (see my tips for beading here). When I decided to bead the neckline, I was close to finishing the project and did not want to mess up at this point. So, to prevent distortion and shrinkage, I beaded onto a layer of mesh that was cut in the same shape as my neckline and then I top applied it using WAY less stitches that I would have if I had beaded directly to the garment.
So, you still like her as much as before?