Monday, July 20, 2015

I finished the top!

I finished the top that I sewed for the Sew Mama Sew Online contest!  It was a challenge for me as I had never sewn anything like it before. I pretty much stick to making bags, which I love making.

The fabric was a challenge it was slippery and frayed a lot, but I am pleased with the end result and I used fabric from my stash to clear out my craft closet!  Awesome! Now I need to find a reason to wear it! :)

Here it is!  


My version of the Melly Sews High Low top.  I did a few modifications.  The top didn't lie well on the bust area so I created a slit which was very tricky to manage when I did the bias tape to finish the top edge. I also added bias tape to the sleeves and also I tried to make the top more finished looking on the inside by adding some bias tape on the seams on the inside as well. Hopefully it will not fall apart that easily because I did this work since the fabric frays so easily. 

Next time, I would just try french seams, the bias tape every where made the inside a little bulky, but it was a learning curve.   I've never done french seams by the way, it's on my list to do though someday.

I am pleased that the top turned out at all. It was my first. Now I want to make another! Nothing like a contest to get one motivated to actually finish a project.

Link to the tutorial (if you want the pattern, you can get it on Craftsy or subscribe on her page):
http://mellysews.com/2013/02/high-low-shirt-tutorial-pattern.html


Here's the link to the contest page:
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2015/06/join-the-super-online-sewing-match-community-match-info-prizes/


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Making bias tape

So for this sewing contest I really am challenging myself. I decided that I was going to make bias tape for the first time. I am one crazy lady. That's for sure.

The fabric of my blouse continues to drive me crazy.  It's slippery and stretches in odd directions and frays a lot!

The instructions for the bias tape that I followed was by Pretty Prudent. I read and re read the instructions several times before I attempted and was pleasantly surprised that it actually worked. It was like magic. I was so pleased. 

Link to instructions on Pretty Prudent:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Getting rid of some yarn

My husband's step brother was visiting and he was talking about his girlfriend's daughter who likes to knit. And I had the idea of giving her some of my yarn stash. I hope she likes the purple yarn I gave him. I purchased it a long time ago and I hope she has fun with it. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sewing contest

Well, I decided to enter a sewing competition. The first round is to sew a blouse, which I've never done.  Nothing like some good competition to send you farther in your skills.

I used Melly Sews High Low top. I've been looking at it a while and this competition sent me over the tipping point from reading about it to actually doing it. 

I used some fabric from two, count them two, failed attempts at a kimono robe. I've always liked this fabric pattern. While using it for this pattern though, I remembered why I don't like this fabric. It frays a lot!  

I managed to get the bones on the top made with nice lines. The next part, making bias tape from the fabric might be too much, but I think I am going to have to try it anyways. Wish me luck. 

Here's the progress so far. 


Link to the tutorial for this top: (if you want the pattern, you need to subscribe to her site or get it on Craftsy, it is free)