Ok, so I’m mostly writing about tops just now but that’s because they’re fairly quick to make and this one has some new features that I haven’t tried out before.
I bought the fabric last week at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace for the princely sum of £3 for 1 metre!! I spotted it at the last minute as we were almost leaving and, because I was a magpie with a love of sparkly things in another life, I had to have just a little bit of it.
I didn’t plan to use it so quickly but I had a gap between things I’m supposed to be doing so I sorted out a pattern I first made about a year ago. I’ve used it several times already so I know it goes together well and fits me nicely too. It started life as a vintage (20 years+) McCalls dress pattern which I ‘hacked’ to make into a top by changing the length, shoulders and sleeves in various incarnations. The version I’m using here is the one where I’ve closed up the shoulder seam and created a raglan shaped insert instead.
Initially I was just going to make it simply in the silver fabric but I had a rummage amongst my odds and ends where I found the off-cuts of a georgette bridesmaid dress I altered recently. It’s a very pretty dusky pink which teamed perfectly with the silvery shade of the jersey so I decided to use strips of it inset into the various seams.
I’m pleased with the finished result-especially bearing in mind how little it cost! I like to think that it looks a little like something from Mint Velvet but I may be flattering myself! The pattern has so many possibilities-what I shall do very soon is transfer it to card so that I can draw around it instead of pinning it onto the fabric. Some sewing sites advocate weighting down paper patterns and cutting around them with a cutting wheel but I don’t like that method as it isn’t precise enough in dressmaking, it’s fine for patchwork and quilting but there’s too much chance of it moving about and errors occurring. As many of you know I’m very slightly obsessive about the cutting out! Perhaps I should blog about that separately sometime. Just because some methods of doing something are quick doesn’t mean it’s going to give a satisfactory outcome.