Friday, October 05, 2007

Instant Gratification Sewing

I was needing some instant gratification sewing after having a few hang ups over the past week. My first hang up was not having the proper zipper for my skirt made from Ottobre Woman 5-2007-4. Now this wasn't a major catastrophe, but annoying because I really was on a roll. Once that was finished, I started tracing out a blouse from the 8-2007 Burda WOF #117 with the tie front. I read a few reviews about it on PR and learned the shoulders were more dropped than shown in the magazine pictures and line drawing (apparently Burda had fiddled with the blouse in the pictures and that the line drawing wasn't quite accurate). So I did a bunch of fiddling with the pattern and now I need to make a muslin, however I decided I first needed a little instant gratification hence all the knit tops. First up is Kwik Sew 2694! Yes, it's been reviewed over 85 times on PR, but it's clearly a winner. Paired my new top is my fabulous new Ottobre Skirt.

A better look at the Kwik Sew top...


Next up is the famous Jalie Crossover top - another clear winner that uses minimal fabric and takes less than 1 hour to make. I actually made myself three of these in the last two days - purple, red, and white.
Last up is a new Vogue Sandra Betzina pattern #2980. At first I wasn't sure about the top and if I was happy about how it turned out. Well I'm still not happy with the fit, but now that I've made another Jalie crossover top with the leftover fabric, I'm sure the problem is actually the fabric - I think it has a little too much recovery. So I will probably try it again when time allows. It sure is a cute twist on the ordinary t-shirt and went together pretty quickly.
In sad news, my serger has to go to the doctor tomorrow. I had a little mishap that needs repairing, plus it needs to be cleaned too. I think this will be a good opportunity for me to straight up the mess I've created in my studio and hopefully work on my muslin of the Burda top. Until next time, happy sewing!

6 comments:

Sew4Fun said...

Wow, Melissa. I like all your new tops and the skirt. Great sewing. Isn't wonderful when you can churn out a few things like this?

Sharon said...

Wow! Instant gratification sewing is great isn't it? I've made the Sandra Betzina top and love it - but haven't made the Kwik Sew or Jalie. All of your tops are look wonderful on you.

christina said...

I love instant gratification projects to keep me buoyed. And now you have 3 great new tops!

stacy said...

I love all the new tops, but the last one is my favorite! I never really looked that closely at the Sandra Betzina line before, but I'm definitely going to have to now.

Rhoto said...

Oh, it's the MEOW outfit that I find so cute!! Really looks "Susie Homemaker" (YOU!), foxy wife, cool mom!!
-Rhonda in Montreal

Bonnie D. said...

I've enjoyed your reviews at PR and just came across your blog via the Burda group. I love all your tops! We seem to have similar sewing styles.

Hope the serger gets done soon. I would be crazy myself with it in the shop. I like to plan my annual service around vacation time so I don't have to be without my machines when I'm home. LOL.