as Cidell. All together now: AAAAAARGH!
I didn't forget to check the stretch of the fabric against the little "stretch to here" diagram on the pattern envelope. It passed in both directions.
I read Cidell's post and thought ... hmmm better check this so tried it on without elastic. Seemed OK.
In the end (oooooh bad pun!!), it was too short.
My fix (no I don't think I'll be modelling it here). Let's just call it a design feature.
This fabric is a swimsuit polyester made for Speedo but I won't wear this in the pool. (The Sewing Lawyer feels it's her obligation to keep her personal trainer awed by her vast wardrobe of exercise togs.) Inside is a shelf-bra made from the same super stretchy stuff (acquired in Montreal on PR weekend) that was used to line several sports bras, one of which can be seen here.
The fabric came from the Fabric Flea Market (you can find anything there, it seems). Here's a tour through my FFM acquisitions.
First, proof that this fabric really is Speedo, to the left. $5 per metre.
Right, some regular nylon/lycra. Same price (not as nice though).
This is a prize! It's silk from Thailand, 3.5 metres for all of $25. I thought it was an allover print (as below) but when I opened it up, turns out that half of it is a coordinating border print. Need I add that it's entirely hand-painted? Clearly it's intended for a specific type of use but I'm not sure exactly what. Any ideas?
I could also join the white shirt sewing brigade with these two. Pure cotton to the left (voile with more opaque woven-in floral pattern); lustrous cotton/silk to the right, also with woven-in pattern. $30 for the 2 pieces.
Gotta get sewing....
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