Saturday, April 30, 2011

Going for it

Well, I finished the top. And actually wore it to work and was comfortable. But....I now see where I need to alter the pattern just a little bit:)

I cut out the patterns pieces for this top just under 1/2" bigger than the Large (the large was a size 36 - I of course am a 38). And could have probably left well alone and cut out the Large, and just not done the 5/8" seam allowance. I did end up taking in the sides to make it a little less tent like.

I've also decided that when I make it again (in either top or dress form) I am going to try and lengthen the bodice piece by a couple inches - we'll see how that one goes......

And then did not try it on before heming it (and just blindly cut it off where I thought would be good....). It's shorter than I like, but ..... live and learn and it's only too short if I raise my arms up above my head.

Fortunately for me, I have a tank top the same shade of green that I just wore underneath it.

I do like it alot - it was very comfortable and not restricting in the least! Which was my goal when I started this top. I'm pretty sure I could wear a long sleeved tshirt underneath it in the early spring/late fall days and it would still fit!

Now I'm wondering why I have been so leery of cutting into fabric to make myself some clothes. This top cost me about $7 in fabric - much cheaper and will last longer than anything I can find in the stores currently (and I'm figuring if this is the dress pattern I use, I can make the dress for under $20 in fabric - which definitely beats the $180 price tag of the 1 dress that I found that I liked.....).


Karen said...

I haven't sewn clothing in so long. I used to make all my clothes and the kids cloths. It is refreshing to see someone sewing clothing.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

It looks great!

Paula said...

It looks great, Kris! You did a wonderful job! I make skirts for myself every now and then, but since they closed the fabric dept. at my local Walmart, I'm having trouble finding cheap fabric anymore... :(

Greenmare said...

good job you!!!!!!! Love it!!!

audreypawdrey said...

It turned out great! I think it is so cute! I have been loving making clothes for myself, and it so much more economical when you can make yourself a skirt for $15 or $20 that would be at least fifty in the store. I just need more time.