Monday, 16 February 2015

A very satisfying sew

Have you ever spent hours figuring out how to get the best out of a small piece of fabric, moving the pattern pieces slightly and then staring at the results for ages? Well, this is how this top was for me. I couldn't resist the pattern on the fabric when those lovely ladies in the John Lewis fabric department in Edinburgh opened the plastic wrapping of the £5 remnant just so I could feel the fabric and see what the heck that pattern was! I remembered to take a photo of the fabric before any cutting out-

It's a lovely, fine, satin-y fabric with lots of lovely drape to it but look at that pattern! The challenge is to get the pattern placement right.

Ah, yes, and it's a remnant. I haven't told you that there was just a metre of it, 150cm wide mind you so that was great.

The fabric is lying square and flat in the photo, there are no straight lines in this either. So now you realise the challenge! I used a really simple pattern for a cap sleeved top, View A Burda 7079.

I found it difficult getting the pattern placement right and the front and back are great but I did have to sacrifice the pattern not matching by about 1-1.5" but hey ho, you win some, you lose some! I'm still really pleased with how the top turned out and I've already worn it and washed it.

Here are photos of the front and back views not that there's much difference between them, really but at least you can see the pattern placement!

Just in case you're wondering, the photo on the left is the front view.

What I have decided to do in the future is to cut the back on the fold as it's easy to get in and out of the top without the bother of having a back opening. I hate sewing button sloops and don't make a good job of them. This is no exception! I just love this top and I can see me wearing it lots. Anyone got a good deal recently or been really pleased with how something has turned out? On another subject, I finished my first Vintage Pattern Pledge yesterday so keep in touch, I'll be blogging about that really soon!




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