Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sewing under the influence....

I had great plans to work on pattern instructions today, but my brain was all a-fog with a cold and the various remedies for said cold.

Regardless, I had to go to work to get some printing done. Too busy feeling sorry for myself to focus on anything too important, I faffed about in the studio... Among other minor faffings (??!), I made this top.


Heavily influenced by my sewing buddy's recent experiments with remarkably similar tops..... (Did I hear someone whisper "ripped-off"?) This is another wrap-it-around-and-sew job. Below is the garment in profile - centre-front is to the top of the picture, centre back to the bottom.


It's a tube of cotton-lycra jersey with a french seam joining the CB seam. The hem is a fake band - I simply folded up the hem and overlocked through to the right side of fabric. CF is slightly longer than CB on the cowl neck (this was a "hacked off" afterthought). The armholes are bound with the same fabric (gotta love a bias tape maker!) and the cowl neck is left raw and allowed to roll as jersey naturally does.

The only necessary pattern piece....
...was a rough armhole "heavily borrowed from" my sewing buddy's version of a very similar design. (I'm not so clever - I just hang out with the right people!!).

Oh - I also fixed the waistline of the skirt I made the other day. I cut off the waistband and hacked out a curve (any old curve) on the waist. Then I sewed another waistband on. Whaddya think? It worked a treat - NO WRINKLES NOW!

15 comments:

zofia said...

Love it- So simple!

méri said...

It's great! I love that kind of tops and skirts.
You make things to seem simple...and my sewing machine has the basic - one foot and zig-zag:(
xx

Michelle said...

what a great top...love the cut and just sew technique...fabulous...

thornberry said...

Nice work Nikki! You just couldn't resist, could you. Looks great, and thanks for sharing the pattern. Shall be making one myself, methinks!

Jenny said...

Simple and clever=looks great on you:)

Jodie said...

Annie and I have been working on a few similar weird wrap and hack designs over the weekend.
Yours is fantastic!!!
Ours??? not so much but we're geting there.

Handmade said...

WOW - looks great - how clever!

Katherine said...

Lovely! How do you make it look simple and great at the same time? Very impressed, here.

Troischats said...

I have just three words for you. Bias. Tape. Maker. !!!!!!!

Sue said...

wow - I love it, just the sort of top I am planning on making when I venture into the jersey world :)

Sherrin said...

That top is awesome! I LOVE the neckline.

Tinniegirl said...

It's gorgeous Nikki. Looks really stylish.

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Wow! This does look ridiculously easy!

flurogoddess said...

perfect!

flurogoddess said...

perfect!