Yesterday, when I was dithering around about what to make, I decided I wanted to tackle this rayon/lycra "Trendy" knit from Fabric Mart. The colors are delicious and the fabric is super soft; however, as I learned, it grows and grows and grows some more.
I chose to make Vogue 8731 in the longest version but with 3/4 length sleeves. It was a quick and easy sew--except for the part where the fabric decided to get swallowed into the bobbin case as I sewed the horizontal tucks. (But that was hardly the pattern's fault!) I stabilized the shoulders with strips of interfacing, and I bound the neck with self fabric rather than the recommended bias tape. I used Steam-a-Seam and coverstitched the sleeve hems, but I did a rolled hem for the tunic since I realized the tunic was so long, it could be worn as a dress if I didn't take up too much in the hem.
To go with the tunic, I made leggings (McCalls 6173) in white double knit from Joann's. These might be the fastest thing I've ever made. No side seams, just one big piece for each side and a casing for the elastic. I coverstitched the hems--and I was done! I should've checked the time, but I'll bet it was an hour from cutting to hemming. I made them in a size larger than I normally would because I was afraid they'd be too tight and show every freckle. To my surprise, they're loose, so next time, I'll go down a size.
This is a very comfy outfit--perfect for a mild day!
Happy sewing ~ Peggy