Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Catching Up

Everything seems to be flying past and leaving me behind at the moment.

Amidst the brain fog, I'd completely forgotten to tell the tales about a recent sewing day.

I was lucky enough to be able to head into Nikki's studio with some other lovely blogless ladies, to learn how to sew simple tops with no patterns, and to try to alleviate some of my overlocking fears.

I took in some test fabric to play with. With my skin tones, I obviously can't actually wear this colour (makes me look more than a little like someone who belongs in a morgue), but it was perfect for a toile.

I started with a simple tube of fabric, and then Nikki showed me how to cut the armholes in the tube, cut arms from another piece of fabric, and then use the overlocker to sew them into place (try not to look too closely, as I managed to sew in one of the arms inside out...whoops!).


It was really interesting to see how this process worked on different body shapes. It makes you much more aware of how clothes actually fit. I have small shoulders, so it was a bit of a struggle to get the shoulder and arm area correct. It would have been much easier if my shoulders were in proportion to my hips.... but I love the fact that I can actually make a top which is the perfect length to cover the things that I would prefer to hide.

I'm definitely going to try this again in a proper fabric, and I'll be making sure that things are in the right way first.

I also managed to whip up a couple of pairs of trackie daks for the twins on the overlocker, using Nikki's fab hem/seam trick which creates a band - I've forgotten to take a photo of them and I don't know how to actually explain it (I'm blaming the brain fog). I have cut up some more fleece to make some more trackie daks so I will try to take photos and explain it in another post.

Now I'm a little hungry.... time for some vegemite toast!

17 comments:

PaisleyJade said...

Sounds like such a great learning time... I need to do something like that oneday!!!

our shabby cottage said...

LOVE the top - Nikki is a whizz isn't she! Did you see my "Nikki" top?

Builders victoria said...

LOVE to the top so sexy and the color as well

m.e (Cathie) said...

nice top and I like the colour. trackie daks sound good too. the other day I said "do you want to put your trackie on" and Amelie asked what that was :)
mmm, that's what we just had...vegemite toast.

Julia said...

I've been wanting to learn to sew by draping. Sounds like what you've done, sort of.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Wow, I'd love to be able to create draped clothes. What a fabulous toile - very clever!

willywagtail said...

Congratulations!Just wanted to let you know you are my winner and where do you want me to send your sanity savers to? Cherrie

Wonky said...

Gorgeous CurlyPops...love the cowl neck...Wonky wants!!

sewjourn said...

I'm dying to make one of these Nikki tops - maybe after the Quilt Hanging is finished this weekend!

Michelle said...

nikki's classes are a fantastic idea...
and I love that style of top...
but yes i would say black is my prefered colour...
nikki has got great style and it's great to see her ideas out to the masses...
so wish i could go to them...
I would love to whip up a winter wardrobe...

beck said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one with brain fog...I thought it just creeped down to my house from Wombat Hill. Love your top! I checked out Nikki's classes y'day and she has some great ones coming up. I'd love to do an overlocking class...put that on the list! x

Jennifer Rose said...

the top looks really good :) and the inside out look is really popular here. Whether its intentional or someone was half asleep getting dressed I have no idea :p, but I do see it a lot

Tania said...

I have so, so, so, so, so, so, (ok, you get my drift), much to learn.

Juddie said...

Wow! I hope that one day I can learn to make something simple that looks so good....

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

How lucky to spend some time with Nikki. I hope to stand close to her one day and will cross my fingers that some creativity transfers via osmosis!!

The top looks fab. You should definately try it again. Good luck.

Stacy said...

Hmm, that sounds like a great learning experience. I love those opportunities.

Jenaveve said...

I just read this while I was eating vegemite toast :)

Wow this is great, lucky girl. Nothing like learning a new technique from the experts. I'm with you - narrow shoulders, so have to be choosy with the styles up top. Way to go!