Okay so I finally got up the courage to wear something I have made out with someone other than my husband or closest friends. I decided that it was a baptism of fire so I wore it out for my cousin’s birthday meal at the very cool River Cottage Canteen in Plymouth. I am so proud to say that I think I got away with it! I don’t mean I ran off without paying the bill – I mean I think nobody realised my top was handmade not ready to wear. Very very exciting. So I suppose this answers the question posed by Sewaholic a few weeks ago in her blog how to make your clothing look less homemade. I am clearly in the camp of people who want their clothing to look as good as RTW.
So what was the pattern I hear you cry!? It was New Look 6035 view c which I bought from Jaycotts for two reasons back in September:
1. It was recommended on Mushywear and I thought it looked very lovely on her blog
2. Seeing as I seem to spend a lot of money on this sewing game I thought a whole wardrobe of patterns would be a good investment
I made one of these before back in September and wore it to Creative Stitches in Westpoint Exeter. However, I have crohn’s disease which means my weight yoyos all the time and this bad boy doesn’t fit me anymore. Well, I thought, joys of home sewing – I will jolly well make myself another one! Here it is:
Now this is doubly exciting because I actually altered the pattern a bit – I lengthened it. I commented on Gillian of Crafting the rainbow’s blog that I couldn’t alter a pattern and she came back telling me to just go for it – and she was right, scarily so considering she commented after I’d made this! It was cheap fabric (£3.99 p.m. At local discount store Trago Mills) so I thought the learning would equal the cost of the fabric if I mess it up.
The truth is, I did mess it up, because it was so long it was ridiculous! So I decided to make it a gathered bottom like some of my M and S tops by elasticating the bottom. I like it, it gives it a different look I think.
This make came together so quickly and easily, I did it over two weekday evenings and I am not up to much on weekday evenings. I didn’t pay full attention to the instructions (theme here!?) and didn’t bind the armholes properly – you are meant to sew the binding in to a loop and then bind the sleeve but I just bound it as a straight piece and it look ridiculous. I back tracked, realised my mistake and it dawned on me very quickly that I couldn’t be bothered to fix it properly so I just increased the seam allowance to take out the extra room. I did take a photo of me showing the offending armholes but I am not confident enough to put my ARMPIT on the information superhighway yet!
I really like the project and will make more of these tops, so versatile. What did you make this weekend? Do you like people to realise stuff was homemade? Or do you prefer them to mistake it for RTW?