I am busy making a toile of the Butterick 5880, ahead of my contribution to The Big Vintage Sewalong. I wasn’t going to bother with those notches in the neckline, but having tried them out on the toile I now really love them.
I do need to improve my sewing of the notches. They’re not great. I’m thinking:
- Shorten my stitch length
- Stabilise with silk organza
Anything else you’d recommend doing?
The bodice has needed a lot of adjustment, but that’s not unusual for me. An FBA, pinching out excess fabric in the upper chest, a second toile. It’s not that onerous. Once you get into the zone, it’s in equal measure intriguing and satisfying. Always nice to know you’re not wasting fashion fabric!
I scribble on my calico with nothing more sophisticated than a biro, and I use a long stitch length to make the sewing – and unpicking! – quicker.
Any toile tips that you have to share? So far, I’ve only attacked the bodice. Next up, the skirt sections including that awesomely huge draped overlay. I want to practice the construction. Not sure I can promise photos of me wearing the finished toile!