Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Emerald Top with a Velvet Bow
So I found myself halfway through sewing a blazer when I had lost all will to keep sewing. Ok, maybe that's a little bit dramatic. I was struggling to make the sleeves talk to the bodice and really felt like I needed to put it to one side and sew something fun and easy. So what better way to do that than to revisit my Lydia Pattern...again.
This time I adjusted it to include a Peter Pan Collar by following this tutorial I found on Pinterest and then adding a velvet bow.
To be honest the best bits of this top evolved from a series of mistakes. Firstly the collar didn't meet up in the middle so I was left with an empty bit of fabric between that looked awkward. Solution - make a tiny rounded fake placket. Then I realised that I had no way to edge this without it looking weird. Solution - fold it over and handsew on a small piece of velvet ribbon over the top. Which is when I decided to add the velvet bow. And so it all worked out in the end.
One bit that didn't work out so well was the length. I had cut it too short (really have I not made this pattern a thousand and one times??). So I ended up sewing on another section of fabric at the bottom in the attempt to solve this. I don't love it but at least it's long enough now!
Oh and let's talk about Peter Pan Collars. I love them. Adore them. Wish I could have one on every one of my tops at the moment. But it took me many a draft to get this thing sitting right. And then I sewed it on. And it was wrong. So I kinda cheated and did a handful of tiny stitches periodically around it so it would sit relatively ok. As you can see it's still warping a little bit but I can live with it.
After reading a great post at Tilly and the Buttons on the cost of sewing I thought I might start sharing the real cost of what I make. I tend to be pretty cheap with my patterns and fabric so I guess I get a little shock when I see how much things can cost other people to make. But I guess part of that is my confidence level in my own sewing. I'm still new. I'm still learning and I feel like buying expensive fabric and notions would be too much pressure.
Fabric: 1.5m of jersey - $4.50
Velvet ribbon: 0.5m of Velvet ribbon $1
Total cost: $5.50
Now I have a decision to make. Should I go back to the blazer? Or should I play around with the awesome fabrics I just got shipped from fabric.com? Decisions, Decisions.
at 6:08 PM