chebe: (Sewing Machine)
I started this project eight months ago. Eight! Despite that actual construction only took two days. Here's the first post. Everything went wrong with this top. From using a regular sharp needle instead of a ballpoint, using interlock with 50% stretch instead of knit with 25%, not having enough fabric and having to invent a centre-back seam, the top being way too wide, way too long, and the neckline getting stretched. But finally I reached a point where I decided it would be better to have a half-ruined finished top, than a bundle of material forever incomplete. And, well, I had to chop off a lot, from everywhere, but it's not too bad for a ruinous disaster!

Two pics )

My mother was mid complaint about my buying yet more clothing on the internet before I had a chance to tell her I'd made it :) And on the plus side, it is soft and comfy, and I'm going to have no problems slouching around in this. Plus this purple really brings out my hair colour!


chebe: (GirlDayDreaming)
Today was a bad day. Quite apart from any political going-ons, my day sucked. There was waiting for several buses that never showed up, for an hour, in the winter rain, with no umbrella and without a second jumper. I was late for college, for a tutorial, to which the lecturer never puts up the material up in time. There was a sign on my second bus-stop saying that my bus no longer stopped there. Which, it turned out, was nonsense. Etc. So, when I did, eventually, get home, I was compelled to sew. This turned out to be a great idea. I love the way sewing, and any form of crafting, allows you to feel like you can make something good out of a whole lot of bad.

I'm using Kwik Sew #3496, view A. Just a big, comfy looking, casual tshirt/tunic. The pattern called for stretch, and mentioned knit, so I pulled out the purple knit I've had stashed for years. It wasn't the best choice, a bit too bulky, and has 50% stretch instead of the 25% the pattern specified. But it's so soft and warm, I'm going to love wearing this top.

Details )

When trying it on though I discovered how much bulk is too bulky. I'm going to have to trim down the sides and arms significantly so it doesn't just look like a purple sack. A task left for another day.
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