Umm, well turn to my beloved Simplicity 3835 of course! The only other time in recent history I had used slinky fabric was some black satin to make a top version of this pattern, and it had gone pretty well, so I assumed a simple rewind on that previous success was well within my grasp. WRONG. This fabric turned out to be slinkier and slippery-er than the slinkiest slippery-est fabric known to man. On top of which, see in the picture above the way the pattern seems to angle down to the right? That's the weft all bent out of shape. I did a fair amount of cross-yanking (I'm sure there's a proper term for that) to try and straighten it up, but it didn't want to be corrected so I carried on with an 'It'll be fine' attitude.
AGH!!! It was HORRIBLE to work with. The self-bound key hole back detail I added didn't lay nice and flat like the last couple of times I had made them. The bottom hem was all wonky and needed to be unpicked, re-cut and re-stitched to look vaguely straight. The elastic casing around the neck hole was a nightmare. In fact I only decided on the elasticated neck edge after being forced to abandon the neck yoke section.
To be honest, I couldn't wait for this project to be finished, and I just prayed that something wearable would come out the other side. In the end, the wonky weft means the gathers into the elasticated neckline are a bit skewed and twisted, but it came out vaguely wearble. I scribbled a note to Vic giving her my full permission to take it to an Op shop, should she regard it necessary, and bundled the finished top in to the package and chucked it in the post bound for Oz, pleased to have it off my hands.
I think this type of uber-feminine and slinky fabric attracts a lot of newbie sewers, and when they try to sew with it and find it such a b*tch to work with, lose enthusiasm and get put off sewing for some time after (hence the title of this post). Now don't go telling me that there are lots of specific methods you must employ for using this type of fabric, I know there is, but I'm too lazy to properly research and implement them. In my opinion, life is too short! If you have done and enjoy working with this type of fabric, hats off to you. You have my full respect. It's just not for me.
On a more happier note, check out the sweeeeeet little crochetted slippers my mum made for Vic which accompanied the blouse in the package. How talented is she?! I gots to get schooled by her one of these days.