I was doing so well at this whole ‘blogging’ thing, but the last two weeks have been crazy/busy. I finally had some work as a substitute teacher, and as much as I LOVE it, it means the blog and my … Continue reading
I discovered this recipe last week, and I’ve made it twice already! It’s that good, and quite easy too. I’ve always missed out on the whole meringue pie craze, as I really don’t like the whole lemon thing, so when … Continue reading
For February’s top, I took on three challenges. I made my first top for someone else. I’m so used to just pinning, sewing and fitting it onto myself, that I wanted to try and see if I could make something … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, my friend bought us ‘Ice Cream Cupcakes’ from Wendy’s, (an Australian ice cream chain – different to USA’s Wendy’s Burger Fast Food), as it was my birthday. They were reallllly yummy, and we thought to ourselves… … Continue reading
We’ve always had a sewing machine here at home, but it’s really only been the last few years that I have been the main person using it. Of course, I attempted a few projects while studying Home Economics at school, but that never really went anywhere – in fact I think my teacher often gave me High B’s/Low C’s. I don’t think I had the patience then, that I have now. It was only after reading a few blogs, and trying out a few projects, that I really started to find that I could do this.
However, aside from a kid’s pyjama top that I made for a class at university (yes, somehow studying a Bachelor of Primary Education meant that I could take a Clothing & Textile class – BEST decision I ever made!), I realised at the start of this year that I haven’t sewn a single top. Skirts, dresses, altering pants – yes. Shirt? No. And to be honest, the thought scared me. I can’t do that! And then I came across an old post in Google Reader that I had starred. It was by Made by Rae, and I thought, I’m going to try it! (Let’s be honest, I just can’t deny fluttery sleeves, and this top is all about fluttery sleeves.)
So for the instructions, and all that, please visit her site here
(Funny story: I pinned this on pinterest, and my mum saw it. She’s still convinced I’m the one in the original picture… no mother.)
Anyway, I succeeded, in that the top is wearable! But I encountered a few difficulties like….
- I thought I bought stretch lace material. However, once I had sewn it, I realised it definitely wasn’t. Because it wouldn’t go over my head all that easily, and I definitely had a seam rip. Uh oh. SOLUTION: Cut down the back, and add a button at the top, similar to this:
- Second problem – my lace fabric was very, well, lacey, and so sewing a hem was quite difficult, because there wasn’t anything to sew, but we got there in the end… (Except that I still haven’t hemmed the bottom yet… I just wear it tucked in! ;) Shhh…)
But, for my first top, it was a good pattern to pick! No sleeves to try and attach, no collars, no facing, just (relatively) simple sewing.
January’s top? Completed! I’ll put February’s up in a few days… That one was a little more complicated!
I thought I’d start this blog off with one of my projects that caused the most stir, and questions, and tell you a little about how it was done. As most of you would know, Valentine’s Day was last month. … Continue reading