I have been following Sarah of Crafts from the cwtch for a while and have been following her series of blog posts about her handmade wardrobe. Sarah has been extolling the virtues of Creative bug (subscription site for crafty tutorials) for a while and has made a few sailor tops from Fancy Tiger Crafts. She then mentioned a blog called Curious Handmade and their handmade wardrobe challenge.
So, what did I do? I have been sewing a few pieces for a while now, but, in all honesty, I cut too many corners and very few of my projects are finished well (I do love my Megan dress but even that could have been much better.) I took the free trial subscription and got the tutorial for the sailor top. I declared my intentions on the Curious handmade thread on Ravelry and cut my fabric (I have quite a bit!) I watched the tutorial through and then took the plunge.
What did I learn?
How to piece the paper together - I have always been a little scared of buying a PDF to print, but now it doesn't worry me at all.
Some simple finishing techniques - all of my raw edges are finished, either with pinking shears, zigzag stitch or hidden from view and not a serger in sight.
To use the tension on my machine - I had no idea increasing the tension would gather the fabric - ingenious!!
So here is my first one!
What would I change?
Other progress, I have made progress on my Rhombing around although I haven't taken a new photo since this one I have done a further ten or so rounds.
I finished my slipper socks, but they need finishing before photographing.
I have read no more of The Seas - I hope to take it with me next weekend and plow on before I have to return it!
I wish there was a "like" button on blogger. Love the fabric. It's perfect for that pattern and I'm impressed with your fitting.ReplyDelete
Oh isn't it pretty! I've seen a few sailor tops around on blogs and the more I see the more convinced I am that I'm going to have to make one!ReplyDelete
Love your top, especially the neckline! It fits really well.ReplyDelete
Thanks for pointing out the Curious Handmade blog, Lucy. I've been curious. ;^) And I'm so glad you explained how the tutorials work - enough that my questions and concerns were addressed, anyway. I'm glad you're enjoying what you're learning.ReplyDelete
it's a beautiful, well tailored top. the colors are perfect!!!!ReplyDelete
Your sailor top is gorgeous! It is so great when you sew something and it fits and looks right. I just keep using the same patterns once I know they are good for me.ReplyDelete
How pretty that top is! I like the fabric's design, and what a pretty purple you're knitting with!ReplyDelete
beautiful top!! And so is your knitting :)ReplyDelete
Fabulous top, I love the fabric.ReplyDelete
It's a lovely top!ReplyDelete
I love that every project teaches us new things just by doing. Your top looks great and so does the knitting, it's great to see someone as busy with creative projects as I am :)ReplyDelete
I made a Sailor Top too and can't wait to make another one!ReplyDelete