I decided I needed a new top for a night out on Friday for a colleagues leaving do. I had this fabric in my stash, a soft viscose jersey with a 4 way stretch. I bought it off Ebay, and including P&P was just under £5 for a 1.2 m remnant.
I fell in love with it when I saw it and would probably have gotten into a bidding war if necessary, but thank goodness it didn’t come to that.
I pulled out Newlook 6648 and chose view A:
I didn’t have enough fabric for the band, which was ok as the last time I made this I found it a bit too tight.
As you can see the pieces only just fitted on. I was able to add 2″ to the bottom of the back and front, and luckily as it had a 4 way stretch I was able to use the strip of spare fabric to the right for the neck binding and a band at the bottom (similar to how the Sewaholic Renfrew is finished).
God know why I straining my neck like that, maybe trying to get it out of the camera.!! This was when I’d sewn the front and back pieces together. The neck hole is made 2 inches smaller than the pattern, my first one gaped, and so does everyone elses on the internet who’ve made this. I love how it’s turned out! It’s comfy and very ‘me’! The pattern of the fabric goes really well the with slouchy look of the top and I can see me wearing it loads.
I made it from start to finish in 2 hours. It was all done on the overlocker except hemming the sleeves and topstitching the neck band. It would have been quicker but my sewing machine kept playing up. I changed the needle 3 times, and lost count of the number of times I re-threaded it, and I changed the thread. Still don’t know why it was acting funny. I even took off the plate for a fluff check! I do need a new light bulb though. It has just a box standard bulb, no fancy lighting, but when it went I couldn’t believe how much I missed it! I did improvise though. I used the torch on my iPhone with it stuffed down my bra!!
Me – my usual smiley self!
Me – looking over the hedge into next doors garden
Me – looking at my empty washing line.
Me – wondering if the kettles boiled yet.
And finally, yes you guessed, it’s me again! This time checking out the snow in the back garden!
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to make a start on my Valentine Dress. We’re going to a dinner dance with some friends for Valentines day, so a new frock is needed! I’m not fasting but I don’t want to buy one when I can made one. I’m thinking I might make the Dandelion Dress from Seamster Patterns.
I’ve bought 2m of a stretch cotton sateen from Croft Mill. I’ve not shopped there before but I’ve spent hours looking at their website. How they describe there fabric is brilliant and often hilarious!
Here’s the description for my latest fabric purchase:
145cm wide black 97% cotton, 3% lycra dress fabric in a stunning black and white abstract floral design. It’s a fairly large design, so wont suit all…but it’s a corker.
This is quite tame compared to some. If you’re up to date with your blog reading and a little bored, you could soon pass an hour browsing their website. This really tickled my on their front page under a picture of their waterproof fabric –
Because we wouldn’t want you to get soaked to the bone, we’ve got you some wonderful new waterproof and water resistant fabrics. Aren’t we nice?