… it’s rather a frustrating story … but first, let’s start with some sewing chit chat!
At the beginning of this year, I told myself I would do ALL my mending and sewing repairs and finish those UFO’s, before I started a new project. I did pretty well! I must admit that it took a while though! A few bags and such for the Lányos Handmade Shop interrupted my clean-up plans (happily) but for the most part, I cleaned up the mess and started tackling the repairs and UFO’s that I have had sitting around for what seems like forever!
So let’s start with a UFO! A while ago, my sister asked me if I was in the mood to make a new top for her. She picked out for herself a Denim Challis Print, 100% rayon. I am ashamed to say how long ago that was!
I had cut the pattern pieces out and carefully put them away in my “to do” pile, only to discover them in January when I was cleaning up my sewing supplies and dealing with my mending and repairs. (So sorry, Sis!!)
For this Denim Challis Print, my sister picked out a pattern called “The Lara Set” by Simply Sewing. I haven’t heard much about Simply Sewing. I think I got this free pattern when I purchased their magazine?
Now you can’t see it in this view but there is a strange contrasting band that goes HALF WAY around the bottom of the top that I didn’t like. It did match the bottom of the sleeves, which I liked, so I added it onto the bottom of my sister’s top, but all the way around though. Otherwise, I didn’t make any other changes.
This 100% rayon was quite lightweight though – a fabulous print – so I sewed French Seams on the shoulder and side seams. I love French Seams – sew wrong sides together, trim, sew right sides together and press!
Next I sewed on the band of solid blue 100% Tencel Denim all around the bottom edge of the top.
Finished! A simple top from Simply Sewing. What do you think? Do you think my sister will like it? Do you think she even remembers that she asked me to make it??
Now to the “demise” of Dolly, my dress form. The “demise” of Dolly came at the worst time. A simple project like this one ended up being a bit difficult to fit to my sister.
My sister and I have a well thought out plan … she gives me her measurements and I dial them into Dolly. Unfortunately sometime during the past year, I can’t remember when, Sophie and Simon were chasing each other around the house, as they sometimes do, and knocked over Dolly. It was a bit of a thud that sent them running into the other room and me into this room to see what had happened. As you can see, they did sneak back right away to check out the commotion. I righted Dolly and went about my business.
It was much later when I was trying my sewing out on Dolly that I noticed that one of her plastic dials was broken, thus, the “demise” of Dolly. So much for proper fitting techniques!
Time to start saving for Dolly II.
Hopefully, since this is a loose fitting top, everything is going to be fine … just fine!
Next project? I still have some jeans to finish, last worked on here. I found them in the “to do” pile too. I spent quite a bit of time searching for the waistband, which hadn’t been sewn on yet, but it’s no where to be found. I couldn’t even find that same black denim in my fabric stash! Oh bother! 😦
Do you have a dress form? What brand do you have? Do you like it?
STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Not sure .. I don’t think this fabric was included in my count so I will just stick with my last number – 129.3 meters still in my stash!