I have been collecting fabrics in anticipation of a wardrobe contest on PR, based on the colours peach, khaki, grey and a purpley sort of blue. This year the contest is only 6 pieces, so I have pared back my choices to peach, grey and white. One of my grey fabrics was a silk satin wrap that I made years and years ago and never wear.
I decided to make a silk camisole. It looked like I sewed really neat hems all those (possibly 15) years ago, and hemming satin can be tricky, so I decided to utilise those hems. This meant altering my self-drafted pattern to have straight hems. I thought it would be nice to add a side split hem detail. This created a little problem, in that I wanted to do French seams, but didn't know how to combine French seams with a split hem detail. The internet is a wonderful place, and after some searching, I came across a tutorial for that very same detail (by Ruth Cabble - thanks so much Ruth for sharing your knowledge). You can find the tutorial here.
Here is a photo of the inside, where the French seam meets the split.
I must not have trimmed my seams correctly, because on each side I ended up with a tiny tuft of fabric sticking out, as you can see in the photo below.
Side split detail
It turns out that the fabric is not ideal for a camisole. I didn't have enough fabric to cut it on the bias, and it hangs a little funny from where the neckline binding extends into straps. On my previous version of this pattern, I inserted the straps between an outer layer and the lining, which worked better, but I did not have enough fabric to line this version. On an even earlier version (unblogged) I extended the straps from the armhole binding, rather than the neck binding, which I think was smoother than this version.
The fabric creases terribly, but it does feel lovely to wear, which I think will outweigh the crease factor.
Here it is after being worn for a whole day...creases galore.
Stay tuned for a blog post on those peach pants!