Thursday, August 27, 2009

Twisting top

A surprisingly warm afternoon prompted me to whip up a quick no-pattern top to wear today.
Yes, it was a shame it didn't inspire me to wipe grubby fingerprints off the mirror or pick up toddler debris... but it really felt more like a sewing sort of day....

The top was made following a similar process to this one, only with a twist.... I wanted twisty drapey bits.

After I cut the armholes I sewed the centre-back seam like this.... inspired by a technique I learned from the book Pattern Magic.

I also did a bit of patternmaking with the overlocker and rotary cutter.... quick and effective nips and tucks, and a bit of random hacking.
As the day progressed the winter crept back in again, and I now have a brown long-sleeve t-shirt underneath my new twisty top.
I'm beginning to feel a bit of trans-seasonal clothes sewing coming on...

18 comments:

Andi said...

Looks wonderful on you.
Andi :-)

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Whipped up! A top! That is incredible. It would take me a YEAR to make that top. You are amazing and inspiring!

thornberry said...

Love it Nikki! Looks superb, you inspire me as always. When are we going to catch up for a chat and for you to fill me in about Sydney?

ambette said...

Aw, I wish I could just 'whip up' a top! Howcome you get to be so clever? ;)

Nikki Cardigan said...

Great to see there is finally some time for you! Good to read that all went well in Sydney.

Tania said...

Aha! Real breathing time! (and not before time).

CurlyPops said...

Perfect! It's so satisfying just to be able to sew for yourself.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Can you hear the wistful sighing over here? I would love to be able to whip stuff up like that ... but its commercial patterns all the way for me!

Its a really stunning top, Nikki.

Little Eve said...

Are you kidding me! It's so great looking. I'm a long way off whipping up a top!

Kirrily said...

Ohhhhh I like! A lot!

And I currently have my mum's overlocker... Hmmmm..... Must find fabric.

Glad to see you're recovering from last week! I had a blast at the show by the way!

Cathy said...

looks great Nikki - you can wipe off fingerprints anytime - sewing is so much more fun.

Annie said...

I love that term "random hacking" - you are just tooooo gorgeous miss Nikki

Pinktulip said...

Lovely top! I love the way you just "whip up" a top or skirt without a pattern! I have been sewing clothes for many years, but obviously I am not a trained designer like you, and I am just getting there where I feel confident enough to make something like a skirt without a pattern. Hope you have a great weekend!

Handmade said...

cool n clever!

sewjourn said...

Another great garment! You're a wonder

Anonymous said...

Hey, you got the hang of the twist then... look, it's me.. my first comment on your blog!!! Might see you at the studio this weekend then.. I'm free to sew again at last.. yay!!
Catherine xx

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Fabulous top! It's funny, I was just looking for a new top the other day and was thinking "I wish I could make one like Nikki's" - thinking of one like this you did a while ago :)

Anonymous said...

Get somebody else to wipe off fingerprints - sew - take pictures and share. I like it!
Ulla, Denmark