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!