I had been auditioning a new t-shirt pattern. After not finding a fit I loved, I hit my wardrobe and deconstructed a thread bear shirt I wore into the ground. I used that as a pattern and stenciled grey jersey fabric that I scored on one of my thrift store trips. I used silver airbrush paint and a home decor stencil my hubby purchased at a craft store. I chose a cranberry colored jersey fabric from my stash for the bottom layer of my double layer reverse applique shirt.
|Airbrushed with silver paint.|
|Stitching along the outside of the shapes before cutting.|
For the skirt, I explored my pattern stash and found McCall's 4457. I decided to make the top portion of view A for an asymmetrical hem skirt.
I hand-stitched the two side seams and applied fold-over elastic to the waistband using a machine applied Cretan stitch. I have a Brother SQ 9000, but other machines will have this stitch.
|I chose stitch "51" and increased it to as long and wide as it goes.|
The density of the double layer of elastic and jersey was the correct thickness and sewed with ease. This was so fast and easy I may never hand-stitch another waistband. I do not recommend this technique for the bindings because those layers are too thin. They are also visible and the appeal of the hand sewing would be lost. I left the hem unfinished as it will curl with time.
|Machine applied Cretan stitch on fold-over elastic waistband.|
|Hem left to curl with time.|
Here is the finished outfit.
|Skirt spun for a high-lo look.|
|Herringbone Stitch applied to bindings.|
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