So now that everyone has their Jorna pattern (right???) here’s a simple modification you can make to get a beautiful Jorna out of any transparent fabric with stretch.
I have this stretch lace and I LOVE IT. But obviously I couldn’t do the normal lining that is called for in the Jorna pattern, what with the see-through-ocity of the lace.
My secret to pretty finished edges when using lace or similar fabric?: WONDER TAPE. Hallelujah sing the praises. This is a skinny double-sided tape that disintegrates in the wash (or whenever it’s exposed to water).
So to make the dress (or tank – whichever length), first sew together the shoulders as instructed, but then skip ahead to sewing the sides together from hem to armpit. For this type of fabric, I will finish these seams on the inside with an overlock stitch and trim off any excess. A serger would be handy here. Or you could do French seams! Ohh la la!
Now you just need to finish the armholes, neckhole, and bottom hem. Start by sticking a long strip of Wondertape along the neck-line’s raw edge, onto the wrong side of the garment. Remove the backing of the tape, and fold it down! It sticks! And now you can sew over the tape (on the right-side of the garment) with a narrow stretch stitch. It’s easy peasy sewing through the tape – no gunky needles in my experience. Repeat the process for the armholes and the hem. You could fold the edge over twice to encapsulate the raw edge completely. You could. I don’t.
I actually use WonderTape when hemming the Jorna in this YOUTUBE VIDEO of me sewing a Jorna in less than 40 minutes (fastforwarded through genius editing technology so the video is just 4 minutes long).
Okay – and for the slip (because otherwise this would actually make for some fierce lingerie, but I need to be able to wear it on the streets) I made a black tube out of jersey, added straps, and called it good enough.
I’m linking up to the No Pants Summer 2013 party!