All posts filed under: Tops

Stripes, Stabilisers And Sagginess

I think we all have made at least 1 Coco.   But have you made a stripy one? STRIPES STABILISERS SAGGINESS I bought this gorgeously soft ponte roma knit from Fabworks down Dewsbury. (if you’re local to me you’ll know we don’t say in Dewsbury, we go down Dewsbury…)  I think it was £5 per metre and I splashed out and bought 2m.  Initially I thought I might make another Coco dress, or another Victoria Blazer, but yesterday I needed a top to go with my new jeans (first clothing bought since 2013!!! I joined the RTW Fast in 2014). This is a slight sidetrack from the intended post, but I NEEDED some jeans.  I didn’t dash out on the 1st January for a crazy shopping spree, I do still to try and make everything I wear.  But I don’t have a pair of jeans that fit me, and there’s only so many Espresso Leggings a girl can wear. Back to the stripes and Fabworks.  Don’t be put off by their website.  You can’t buy anything on it. But if …

Deluxe Coco – with sprinkles & cream

Deluxe Coco coming up! Not quite with sprinkles and cream, but does have lots of topstitching and a smattering of ric-rac. Remember earlier when I was trying to squeeze a coco from just 1m of fabric. A remenant I bought last time I visited Fine Fabrics of Harrogate.  I wanted the funnel neck.  I wanted cuffs on the sleeves.  I wanted more fabric! Eventually I opted to add a colour blocked top after rummaging in my scraps in my stash. Even though this is a simple make I took my time and tried to add the finishing touches to this garment. I’ve made 2 already (unblogged). The first one was black in a cheap double knit.  Its pilled up but I’ve worn it loads and everytime I wear it someones always asks if I’ve lost weight!  Result!  I need one for everyday of the week! I usually use ribbon for reinforcing the shoulder seams, but used this bright blue ric-rac instead:  When it came to the hem I’d already managed to squeeze a couple of inches to …

A Challenging Coco

I have a 1m piece of fabric that NEEDS to be a Coco. I’ve walked away for a break, it’s like trying to do a jigsaw with pieces missing when there’s not quite enough fabric. So here I am, slightly exasperated, but not defeated drinking coffee and sharing my dilemma. I will not be beaten! This fabric was an absolute steal, it’s from Fine Fabrics of Harrogate – worth a visit if you’re going to the knitting & stitching show. It’s so soft, and the colours are different shades of grey (not quite 50) with an aubergine sort of purply colour. Coffee drunk, back to the drawing board, or maybe a rummage in my stash to see what might work with it…

Selfies and Sorbettos

Late to the party? Crikey, I don’t think I’ll ever get there, late or otherwise! So, what have Selfies and Sorbettos got in common?  ……A year ago I’d heard of neither. My mums only just learning too.  Whilst taking this selfie at cricket she said…… Whilst most of you have perfected and hacked this well known (free !) indie pattern from Collette Patterns i’ve just about managed to get to grips with bias binding and made 3 this month!  Even though I’ve used bias trim before, I’ve recently invested in the Craftsy Class ‘sewing on the edge’ and have learn a lot, including a super easy way to make my own without one of the fiddly binding makers where the tape has to be just the exact size, or else. My sorbetto pattern has been stuck together and hung up since last year, and for some unknown reason I’ve not bothered to sew it. All this changed when I was umming and arrhing over this ill fitting maxi dress and tuck the plunge with my first …

Ikea Throw Transformation

Last Saturday was Day 3 of me being a non-smoker. So to take my mind off things I thought I’d sew the current challenge for Stitch Once Rip Twice, organised by Diane over at Vintage Zest.   The challenge is ‘A Simple Top’ so I decided to make SergerPepper’s new pattern which I’d recently downloaded from Craftsy. On a recent shopping trip to ikea I bought a lovely red super soft throw with the intention of turning it into something wearable. Here it is on their website:  The 2 ends of the blankets were hemmed which I thought I’d used for the bottom, but once I came to positioning the pattern piece I thought the hem would be too bulky so used the selvidge which had a nice neat finish. The fabric wasn’t quite big enough for me to use the selvidge as a hem so I lost 2 inches from the back and front pieces (both the same) placing the centre of the top 1 inch past the centre fold.  It’s a loose fitting top and I …

My first Polly Top from By Hand London

Just a quick short post to introduce you to my first Polly Top from By Hand London.  It’s their first free pattern and can be found here. Here’s some more pix: It was really simple to make, the instructions are well written and there’s even a video tutorial. I usually buy a 14 top (uk) but had to cut an 18. It was too big so I needed to take the seam allowances in another 1.5 cm. the patterned fabric is a peachy poly, and the black is a crepe.  It looks lovely on, and I’m sure I’ll be wearing this loads. Happy New Year Folks! Edited with BlogPad Pro

Cook’s Apron from The Great British Sewing Bee

Time was running out for me in The Monthly Stitch’s Challenge – ‘something from a book”.  As I only own 1 sewing book I wasn’t exactly spoilt for choice.   This month has been really busy.  I’ve made a big start on making my Christmas gifts, and also I’ve had 3 birthdays and an anniversary which I’ve made pressies for too. Before I knew it, there were only 2 days left in November for me to make something for the Monthly Stitch, so it had to be something simple.  I chose the cook’s apron as it would be a nice pressie to go with the peg bag I’ve already made for my Auntie Kath. Here it is:   When I made the apron I didn’t have any graph paper, so armed with a pencil, French curve and tape measure I marked out the outline directly onto the back of the fabric. I worked out the measurements and wrote them into the book.    I decided to make 1 or 2 changes to the pattern: I …

Prima 2005 – Vintage!

Here is a top I made from a Prima pattern I found in the loft dated September 2005. Another 2 years and it will be officially vintage! I started it on Monday hoping to wear it for my birthday lunch, but didn’t quite manage it so finished it this morning. Here’s the original picture, it was supposed to be a top but extended it to cover my bottom and made it tunic length: I bought the fabric from Topstitch of Brighouse a few weeks ago when I called in during my meal break. It was £3.99/m, I bought 1.5m because as usual I bought it for no project in particular and I think 1.5m is a good length! Here’s more of me having a fun photo shoot with my mum in her garden! Happy Sewing!!

The Lekala Jersey Top – Part 2

I didn’t quite make the 3pm deadline for the school run, finally finished it for 6pm. I did break off to do my motherly duties. Enough of domesticity, back to sewing! (Click here for Part 1) Here it is – excuse poor photos. Poor light + bored 11 year old + iPhone camera = dodgy pix   Check out the stripes!!! I couldn’t believe it……as I was pinning and sewing it was like a little miracle happening in front of my eyes! The extra time spent cutting out was worth it after all!   The instructions for the Lakale patterns are very vague and I think a beginner would struggle. Don’t know about you but I like pictures to look at!  Here’s the instructions:  The company who make the patterns are Russian, and often the translation from Russian to English may be a little out.  From the beginning I made it up as I went along. I made facings for the front and neck edges. I attempted my first ever sewing with a twin needle. My …

Vogue 8757 & SBCC Tonic T Shirt

Hi World (I say that as I’m still shocked by all you amazing people from around the globe who read my blog). Last night I was twiddling my thumbs watching nothing on telly. It was around 6:30pm. My hubby was asleep on the sofa, we’d been to his uncle’s funeral and he’d had 4 pints.  Not a lot for most men, but Craig’s not really a drinker so it acts like an anesthetic on him!  Rather than watch nothing on tv I thought I’d have a look in my stash and see if there was anything I could use to make a wearable toile using one of my new patterns – trousers from Vogue 8757: I found some slinky jersey that my mum bought for me from Leeds Market. I had 1.5m so just had enough. I laid it out and tried to figure which was the right way up……I couldn’t decide so thought it doesn’t really matter, if I can’t tell when it’s laid out then I’m sure no one notice when it’s made …