Well, true to my nature I’ve managed to deviate from my plan immediately – but with a good reason!  I got out my fabric for Simplicity 1877 and discovered a problem – the website says it is dry clean only.  I didn’t even check, as I assume any rayon/linen blend will be at least hand washable in the machine.  I decided to test out a swatch in the machine to see how it reacted.  The answer?  Poorly.  Very poorly.

Above you can see the sad mangled swatch (which was rather large prior to washing) atop the unwashed fabric.  Now, I could serge the edges to stop the crazy ravelling, but I also note that the color seems changed, and the sheen (presumably from the rayon) is gone.  So what should I do?  I don’t dryclean things more than once a year, so I try not to make dryclean only garments.  And if I did, could I use the fabric untreated without it shrinking at the first cleaning?  Because I refuse to pay to have fabric pretreated at the cleaners.  I know linen doesn’t shrink like wool, but I am uncertain.  Sigh.

I was at Joann’s, buying the new Butterick patterns for 99 cents in the sale, and came upon a linen print I liked.  Since I was depressed about my green fabric, I bought enough to make up the other view of 1877, so that’s what I’m working on now.  To refresh your memory, here it is:


I’m making the printed version – it has no hip flounces, but it does have little ones on the sleeves.  So far the pattern is pretty clear, though not for beginners I would say (the instructions for flounce attachment aren’t the absolute clearest, but if you have sewn them before it makes sense.)  Here is the fabric:

This is a (machine washable) rayon/linen blend.  It’s actually a charcoal gray, not plum as it looks on my monitor.  And yes, I am now using weights as pattern weights – hey, it works and saves me from pinning!

Hopefully this will be finished soon – it is not too complicated, I just have to find some time!  It’s spring break this week, so while all my 20 year old classmates are in Cancun I will be sewing… and working my regular job.  Ah well!  It’s nice to be sewing springy clothes!