Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Weekend sewing

My first effort at sewing with stretch fabrics (that's if you discount - and I certainly do - the Josie Jump-esque tracksuit I made for my daughter before I knew you needed a special needle to sew stretch fabrics). This is a little top for my daughter from Ottobre 1/2008. It wasn't an altogether successful project. The instructions said I needed to stretch the fabric slightly on the curves, but apparently I was a little overzealous as the front wrap panels were gaping when I'd sewn it all together and I had to take in the sides to compensate. Also, I don't have a serger, so I winged it, stretching both the sleeves and the hem of the top and zig-zagging them to try and create a slightly ruffled edge. Luckily stretch fabrics are quite forgiving!

The word from my little girl is that the top looks very 'pyjamary', which is fine, and it's probably quite comfortable for nightwear! She's wearing it with a skirt I made for her last weekend in 20 minutes (she was utterly unimpressed by the speed, though I was very pleased with myself!). Officially the world's easiest skirt using a patchwork fabric (from John Lewis). One side seam, a hem, a turned waistband and some elastic - finished!

I also cut into the lovely brown pindot fabric I'd bought at the weekend on Monday to make this top.

The pattern is Simplicity 3887, which I've seen here, there and everywhere in blogland. I added it to my pattern stash last Summer and thought it was high time I did something with it! You really have to ignore the pictures on the pattern envelope, though, which do little to recommend the pattern.

I really like the finished top, though it is a bit gapey - too gapey to be honest - at the back of the neck. I probably should have made a smaller size, but my measurements came up a size (bordering on two) larger than the size I'd take in a shop. Is this normal with sewing patterns? Or am I just kidding myself that I'm two sizes smaller than I really am? Maybe learning to draft/adapt patterns properly is the way to go. Or maybe I should just stick to sewing clothes for my children as they move around a lot so it's harder to see the botched bits!

11 comments:

  1. your top is lovely Helen. I've never attempted clothes since school............

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  2. Beautiful tops. Yes, sewing pattern sizes are much different (tend to be larger) than ready to wear sizes. Just pay attention to the measurements and ignore the number. It's only a number afterall. :)

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  3. They look lovely to me!
    I made my first top for myself last night, quite pleased that I wore it today and it never fell off my body. Bonus!

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  4. oh lovely top! So glad you made the purchase. And yes that's horrible about sewing patterns - sadly the 'size' thing seems to be ingrained in me and I can't ever get over the sudden ballooning :)

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  5. I love the little pindot top - it is a great pattern. I am just starting to sew again - after 15 years of not sewing - and that looks like it would be a nice little pattern to start with. I love your choice of fabric - it's pretty in a girly kind of way, but not fussy.

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  6. Fitting clothes on yourself is always difficult. I stick to making simpler things but very impressed with your top.
    I think I will have to look out for this Ottobe. I haven't heard of it before.

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  7. It's a yummy top (and you're svelte, the pattern is big). How nice to actually use the stuff that you by before it gets relegated to the stash pile :)

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  8. Wow lovely top! I'm still too chicken to attempt clothes. I had an Amy Bulter Barcelona skirts pattern sat there untouched for nearly a year now!

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  9. Hi Helen, I love the tops, so pretty. Do you buy your simplcity patterns online or from a shop? Are they expensive? I'm tempted to sew something for daughter.

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  10. I think both tops are adorable! And I'm impressed by anyone who has patience with Ottobre patterns. I've made a few myself, and just tracing off those schizo-looking pattern sheets could make you nuts, LOL!

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  11. Thanks everyone! I do like the look of the top on the hanger and keep on trying it on in the hope that it does fit really, but I'm afraid it's not quite right!

    K&S - I tend to buy patterns from John Lewis or Habitthat.co.uk, and sometimes from sewingpatterns.com .

    Things Hand Made and K&S - For Ottobre, it's best to go directly to their site. You can subscribe to just the children's magazine, or to the ladies and children's together. The price is very reasonable, I think. (http://www.ottobredesign.com/) They have some lovely things in there.

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