I really enjoyed sitting behind my machine yesterday sewing up this old 1980s peasant top from Kwik Sew 1757. It’s loose, comfy, feminine and can you believe that I made it up with plain fabric too!!! Gosh i wish I knew what the fabric was so I could tell you about it but here’s a close up of the fabric itself:
I love the texture of it and I’m pretty sure it’s cotton. It’s so lightweight and probably a bit sheer on its own which is why I lined the front only with a fine cotton lining. Because I buy so much fabric these days I’ve had come up with a way to remember what each piece of fabric is and I think I’ve finally come up with a solution: At the time of purchasing the fabric, use your mobile phone to take a photo of the tag on the roll (making sure that you can also see the fabric in the photo). Load the photos onto your computer and store them in a folder called FABRICS. Those tags are full of all kinds of useful information like fibre construction and washing instructions and it’s a shame if, by the time you go to use it, you’ve forgotten what it was. Let’s face it, some of us have fabrics that are YEARS old!! Does anyone have any other useful ways of remembering what they’ve bought?
Anyway, here’s the top I made yesterday and please forgive the photography; I think I mentioned that whenever I go outside into our glorious sunshine for a photo shoot I end up with glary photos and you lose the detail of the garment; or alternatively, the colour comes up ok but the photo is blurry. After messing around for 15 minutes trying all sorts of things I gave up and decided to just stick with these few photos, post them to my blog and then move on to a more exciting sewing project. :)
When I made this top up, it was supposed to be a wearable muslin but making adjustments to this type of pattern (and fabric) is tricky. It’s a bit big under the arms and I was too afraid of damaging the fine fibres of this fabric by unpicking it and playing around so I will wear it as it is. I have some gorgeous fabric that I had intended to sew into a peasant top so now I need to decide what changes I will make and how! Ha ha. That will be fun.
See the denim shorts I’m wearing? They’re RTW and I love the colour blue. Why can’t I buy that shade of blue here in Perth fabric stores?? Grrrrrr! I love those shorts but they are too big in the waist and HAVE to be worn with a belt. That’s the story of my life really coz my hips have always been a size bigger than my waist and this is why I am trying to perfect my fit and sew things myself. I think that maybe I should try shopping online but I am worried that it won’t look or feel like I imagined once i receive it. What are your experiences with buying fabric online? Any tips? Any recommended stores??
Anyway, for the rest of today I am going to work on my skirt block. Hopefully I can complete it, make a pencil skirt and blog about it soon.
Enjoy your weekend!