Category Archives: Nicola Finetti

And so my love affair with white continues

I’m going to have to put a halt to this obsession soon or my wardrobe is likely to become a white wash. But on the plus side, white goes with everything, doesn’t it? So perhaps I should just spend more time filling my sewing table with glorious prints and brights to compensate for the whiteness. Problem solved!

This little boxy tank is definitely going to become a summer staple for me. It is quite possibly the easiest thing I have ever sewn and super comfy too. It is self-drafted, but given the simplicity of the style, it would be easy to modify a simple shift dress/top or bodice block into something similar by adding ease at the waist. Mine has a bust dart.

 

I used some slightly stretchy, cotton/poly, white denim from Fabric.com for the top portion. I kept it at a cropped length and then added a bit of sheer peplum. Now this is where it gets interesting. The peplum fabric is amazing. It’s Nicola Finetti, purchased from The Fabric Store in Sydney many moons ago. It’s one of those fabrics that just jumped out at me, and yet I really had no idea what I was going to use it for. The fabric is a combination of silk and cotton. The base of the fabric is possibly the silk portion that has been embroidered with cotton stripes. It is a little bit sheer and quite structured in feel. In any case, the photos do not do it justice.


Thankfully, I put on my sensible pants and stuck it a sturdy wash and dry before cutting. But lo and behold, my beautiful fabric turned demonic. I don’t actually think it shrunk much. It just wrinkled up like crazy. Ironing this beast was a pure nightmare of maximum heat, steam, and elbow grease. I think I may need to employ the use of something like Fabulon next time I wash this top, but I have to admit to being a bit clueless in the ironing department. Can anyone recommend an ironing aid that would make life easier (available in the US)?