A bird in the hand

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This is my monthly stitch sewing double.

The rayon bird on a wire version is my bird in the hand, as I gifted the birdie cotton lawn version to my sister in February.

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This deer and doe pattern looks simple but is so sweet.  I bought it specifically to use the bird on a wire rayon, which was a remnant that measured a little over half a metre.  I used half a metre of black rayon for the yoke and yoke lining.

With the lined yoke and by using french seams at the sides everything is neatly enclosed, no raw edges, no need for overlocking. The only thing I changed was to eliminate the suggested bias tape hem finish. I used a basic double turned hem.

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It was a much easier make in the cotton lawn. The rayon was shifty to cut and pin together and a little tricky on the yoke attachment.  The collar was difficult to press, so I made a template, then used ecru contrast stitching to help it stand out a little:

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The buttons on the back are a cute detail:

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For the rayon version I positioned them to fit in with the pattern:

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I have another version planned in cotton lawn, but I think I will be waiting until next summer!

8 thoughts on “A bird in the hand

  1. Gorgeous! I love the fabric choices and the way the pattern is designed with the buttons up the back. I may have to break out of the dress habit and make some tops! Or maybe I could just make it longer and wear it as a dress! Shopping for deers and does… Thanks!

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  2. These are fabulous! I love the fabrics you’ve used, and they both look so different, you wouldn’t be able to guess they were from the same pattern if you didn’t know. Love them. 🙂

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