I told you I was on a bit of a roll with the sewing. Ok, so i'm still behind on my target of one new thing per month, but i'm halfway there. Not bad by my standards!
Challenge #6 is a simple polka dot top. I'm a real sucker for a polka dot and when I went to the fabric store and saw they had a whole load of new polka dot fabrics, I couldn't resist.
|I made view C (bottom left)|
If you're just stating out in sewing, New Look patterns are great as they're super easy to follow and have really clear instructions.
|What do you need? Just some material and a zip, easy!|
|Only four pattern pieces required for this top, thank god|
|Cutting the fabric - this is where a long table comes in really handy|
|Tailor's chalk - perfect for marking out your dart lines|
|Sewing said darts|
|Starting to resemble a top, yay!|
|Before adding a zip I always tack it in place to ensure it fits perfectly. I used to 'wing-it' thinking I totally didn't need to do this extra step (have I mentioned i'm lazy before?) but it always went wrong. Don't shun the tacking!|
|Once you've sewed the zip, you can then remove the tacking, et voila, a perfectly stitched zip.|
|Said zip in place (excuse the creases)|
|Added the neck lining|
|Neck lining done, and the first sleeve!|
|again, excuse the creases. Must get more acquainted with the iron|