Sunday, November 29, 2015

Watermelon frill

When I first received this Spy polyester rayon fabric from Kerryn's Fabric World, I had planned and had nearly finished another version of Vogue 8572 (OOP).  It was a disaster!

Now I had purchased 1.5 metres of both a salmon and watermelon colour so I had just wasted .8 of the salmon and was at a loss of what to do with the rest of the fabric.

I emailed Kerryn Swan with my query and this is her reply:

"Hi Sharon,
Because you are a fine build and the fabric is soft you need a garment that adds some soft bulk. If the garment is simple, plain it will be too flat on you.
A peasant style for example would be perfect.
Look at New Look 6179, 6599, 6891, View D, 6895 View D 6781 and 6104.
Kerryn Swan"

From Kerryn's suggestions I really liked New Look 6895, View D and was very fortunate that my sister had it in her stash as it was discontinued and she kindly gifted it to me.

I cut out a size 8 and then did the following adjustments:

  • 1cm front neckline gaposis

  • Round shoulder (both front and back)
  • 1.5cm round back adjustment
  • 1.5cm sway back adjustment

  • Moved the sleeve cap for the round shoulder adjustment

  • Raised the back opening by 2cm as it was showing my bra strap.

Once this was all cut out, I started to try to figure out how I was going to finish the ruffle.  My trusty Singer Overlocker does do a rolled hem, but I have to pretty much rebuild it do achieve it.

So this is where going to the Quilting and Craft Fair with your sewing buddies is quite dangerous.  At my ASG Group the day before, Renata told me that Juki was at the fair and she had a couple of brochures on overlockers with her.

Now I didn't go with the intention to purchase but after sitting with my sewing buddies and giving the pros/cons of a new overlocker, I took home with me

I took this to my next ASG meeting and much to the amazement of my sewing buddies they couldn't believe I hadn't touched it until then and they couldn't wait to see what it could do.

It did take me some time work out the tension and this is where Alison, the Overlocker Whisperer was so generous.

Once Alison sorted out the tension for me, it was so lovely to push one control and you are all set up for a rolled hem.

It was also at this meeting that I was having issues with the neckline gathers and keeping them in place and again Alison suggested to use Solvy to keep them in place.

There are lots of advantages of sewing with your friends.

Now I did manage to get this top finished for our holiday to Hamilton Island back in July, but we had very unseasonal weather with low cloud and flights cancelled and this top stayed in my suitcase.

It wasn't until last week that we had a warm enough day (41c) to wear it.

This top is another item completed from my "To Sew, Knit or Purchase" list.

2015 Stash Out: 15.15 m
2015 Stash In: 18 m


kbenco said...

This is very pretty. The soft ruffle at the neckline really makes this top, and the keyhole opening at the back is a lovely touch too. I bet you will wear this a lot over summer.

L said...

Wow! What great service you have in Kerryn's Fabrics. She gave some wonderful advice that served you quite well. I think her suggestions are spot on and the top you made is beautiful. Alison, the Overlocker Whisperer! Love it!

Vicki said...

Turned out lovely and a pretty colour. And of course you needed the new overlocker!!

Renata said...

I have blamed you for a LOT of my sewing gadgetry, so it only seems fair to cop it for your Juki :). Had the same tension problems and wished I had Alison there when I brought mine home, but don't tell her that. Really nice top, love the colour.

JanQ said...

Pretty top.
Sewing friends are great on so many levels .

Summer Flies said...

This is a fantastic colour on you particularly near your face. I really love it. It looks like lovely fabric.

Alison said...

LOL re the overlocker whisperer. I have to admit that any playing I did on your beautiful Juki was purely selfish. I just wanted to have a go on it!

Irene said...

What a pretty top! And how lucky that you have a new machine to play with. said...

A very pretty top - and it's true, the softness does work on you. And so nice to have something pretty for summertime.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Very pretty...the colour suits you so well. Enjoy your new overlocker!

Carolyn said...

It is a very pretty top, and the colour is perfect for you. You're zooming through your sewing plan!

Lightning McStitch said...

Looks lovely Sharon. The fit is perfection.
How lucky to have friends who can make purchases of new machines seem a necessity. :)