Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day-to-Night Top in Red

This pattern is Maria Denmark’s Day-to-Night top. Lovely, quick top, what’s not to like! Also, uses hardly any fabric.

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(It’s hard to take a nice shot with a timer beeping! I get all awkward.) The fabric is leftover from my Pavlova top, and still have large bits left. This fabric is lovely to sew with, unbelievably, for a jersey.

I cut the top according to my bust/waist/hip measurements, so graded between sizes. It really is bang on! I like how it’s snug at the bust, since cowls have a tendency to expose oneself when bending forward. That’s the one thing I don’t much like with cowl tops, but they do look dressier than a plain neckline. This one doesn’t really do that! so *snug* must be the right thing for cowls.

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I don’t think I made any alterations to this, but I will next time. The shoulder seams need to be moved forward, they’re too far back on me, but that’s my forward neck tilt. This alt is a standard on all tops, but I couldn’t get my brain around it at the time! The lower back has excess fabric, as usual, so I’m looking into sway back adjustments again. But I’m happy with this, it’s wearable, and there are 2 more pieces of fabric that will soon be made into this top too. I need them for MMM next month.

Oh, yeah! I finally wore my Colette beignet skirt the other day, but I’m not happy with the back waist – it sticks out and looks weird. Sad smile I’ll post about it soon (I keep saying that!) so you can see. It needs redoing… ~sniff~ I have to remember: KEEP CALM AND SEW ON!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Me-Made-May, I’m IN!

I’ve been looking forward to doing Me-Made-May this year with trepidation! This will really stretch me...first, to finish some UFOs, and second to do minor alterations to some me-made pieces so I can *finally* wear them.

'I, Steph A of Escapades in Sewing, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade or refashioned garment *at least* 3 days a week for the duration of May 2013. In addition I pledge to finish 2 more garments during the course of the month.'

That’s it. Time to get off may ass cracking!