Over the next few months you will be seeing blog posts from lots of amazing sewists, each of us taking turns to showcase our personal favourites from Escape & Create’s range. My first choice of fabric is this incredibly silky soft floral crepe.
The base colour is a gorgeous shade of turquoise, which perfectly complements the orange and magenta floral design. The crepe is light and drapey but not sheer, so it would make a beautiful maxi skirt or dress. It also has enough structure to it to become a lovely pair of loose-fitting trousers, which just so happens to be what I made! I went for the Nina Lee Portobello trousers - a pattern I had been wanting to make for a while, but had yet to find the right fabric for.
The pattern called for 1.6m of fabric to make my size, which would normally have me torn as to whether to try and play pattern Tetris with 1.5m or shell out for the extra half metre and make an Ogden cami out of the leftovers, which let’s face it, never happens and the leftovers end up in my stash! One of the great things about Escape & Create is that they allow you to order in 10cm increments, so if your pattern calls for 1.6m, then you can buy exactly 1.6m. That helps to keep your bank balance and your pattern stash in control!
Now fabric like this does not deserve to languish in anyone’s stash, so this beauty had the VIP treatment: straight in the wash and to the front of the queue and within a day she was laid out on my breakfast bar and ready to be cut into.
For such a slinky fabric, she behaved fairly well on the cutting table, though I would recommend using lots of pins. In fact I added a few extra as I was cutting the waistband, just to make sure it didn’t slip!
The instructions for the Portobello trousers tell you to overlock all of the pieces before beginning construction, but I would recommend doing that whatever pattern you make. Not only does this prevent fraying, but I also find that the overlocked edge gives a lovely neat guide for your stitching to follow, which is helpful with a slinky fabric like this one.
Sewist sticker from Pink Coat Club
One of the great things about crepe is that it does not crease easily which makes it perfect for your summer holiday wardrobe! As pressing crepe can be tricky, I made sure I got a nice crisp finish on the pockets by under-stitching. However, do not underestimate the power of a really good steam! Take a look at the before and after picture below of my trouser seam. I think it’s a great example of how a good go-over with the steam iron can make a garment look super professional.
Before / After
I took a lot of care with this make to ensure everything was finished nicely, as I want these to be a pair of trousers that really last, so I even went as far as finishing the seams inside the waistband, even though they won’t be seen!
I am so utterly thrilled with how these trousers turned out: the fabric is a joy to wear, it feels floaty and glamourous. I would definitely recommend this crepe for any kind of palazzo style trousers or culottes.
Finally, I will leave you with another close up, so you can see how beautiful those flowers are.
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Until next time!