Monday, 12 March 2012

Three More Tops

I had some more of the fabric that my Sister In Law gave me so today I gave myself a big push and made three more tops.  I made them the same style as the brown one I made last week with the elastic around the neck and sleeves.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Little Purses

I made some little zipped purses yesterday.  I am not entirely happy with the zips but they will do.  I am going to take them round to my Ex Mother-in-law to see if she can sell them to her friends.  I made one for her the other week and she uses it all the time to keep her bingo money in.

New Top

I made this top yesterday out of some fabric that my lovely Sinter-In-law gave me.  The fabric is a knitted thin jersey of some kind, like a thin crepe.  It drapes nicely and was really easy to sew.

I had a top already that I liked so I used this as a pattern to cut out the pieces.  There were four pieces altogether, the front, back, and two shoulder/sleeve pieces.  The shoulder/sleeve pieces are practically rectangular in shape and they are sewn onto the sloping edges of the front and back like raglan sleeves. 

When I had sewn up the shoulder seams and the side seams I finished off the edges of the neck, sleeves and bottom by making sure they were all even and then I sewed around the edge with a zigzag stitch in a dark brown colour, sewing half on and half off the fabric.  Where the fabric was slightly stretchy the finished result doesn't really look like zigzag, it just looks like a neat edging. 

After that I stitched some thin flat elastic around the inside of the neck and sleeves using a stitch on my machine which I think was a double overlock stitch.  It was like a zigzag with a straight stitch down each side and it tried to make it wide enough so it encased the elastic rather than actually stitching through it.

The top took me about 2 hours to make from start to finish and cost me nothing but effort.