Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Drape neck top- New Look 6108

I have been looking for a drape/ cowl neck top for a while. I saw a top in Myer a while back during a school holiday afternoon shopping session with my sister. I traced a pattern from a Burda magazine at the library, but wasn't quite game enough to actually try it out.
Then I ducked into Anh's fabrics in Sydney Road on Monday, and discovered New Look 6108. The lovely lady in the shop suggested I look through the box of patterns ( paper stapled together, no colour envelope) - I had looked all through the stand of patterns, but had never looked in the box before. Not sure why they have no covers, but there were a few interesting patterns in there, plus they are only $2 each!
A quick google search turned up some positive reviews- and photos- plus I found the pattern for sale on ebay, so took a screen shot of the cover pic and printed it out so I now have the front cover pic, and more importantly, the back cover with fabric sizes listed.

I already had some fabric at home - just enough to squeeze a top out of, traced off a pattern cut it out, and got the overlocker out for the first time this year!

Of course, the weather then plummeted and it was too darn cold to wear it yesterday! Trying it out today - with a jacket! Planning on redrafting pattern to make one with kimono sleeve- mash up of the Maria Denmark free kimono sleeve top & this top. Might play around with drawing it up at craft group tonight!

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Zig zag freezer paper stencillng.

I drew up a grid and cut out some zig zag chevrons last Monday-

Then stencilled some calico bags for the fete. The craft stall did really well, and apparently the drum & guitar bags all sold in about half an hour!

I love cassette stencil, might have to put this one on a t shirt I think! Very happy with the tonal effect which was a lucky I'll- have - a-go- I think- this - should -work approach!
And I printed up an off cut to make a scarf too...but of course this week is way to muggy to warrant a scarf!

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Retro 70's tunic top

By random chance a few weeks back, I looked in the box marked " aprons" at the op shop. A lovely blue & green floral print caught my eye. Hmmm I thought... Could it work as a top?

And the answer is YES!

It took a bit of mucking around...I think I sewed and unpicked the back seam about 4 times, and it is still far from perfect. Tucking the green bias binding in underneath and out of sight around the arm holes helped it look less apron- ish, as did making some new binding from excess fabric trimmed from the back panel, and using it to trim the neckline, which also improved the look. - Whoever made the original apron put a lot of work into it- flat felled seams and lots of panels too. And did I mention it even has pockets!!!

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