Sunday, May 06, 2012
FO - Geometric Self Drafted Top
I picked up this fabric a few weeks ago, at a Craft Jumble at our local church hall. It was seriously dangerous in there. Trestle tables piled high with all manner of sewing, knitting and crafting parephernalia, all at rock bottom prices. Old ladies elbowing in to get to the best bargains. I snaffled this piece up for the pricely sum of £2, (who cares that I stamped on an old dear's foot to get to it ;) and I still have enough left to make a dress at some point. If you happen to follow me on Pinterest you'll have noticed an emerging obsession with geometric patterns, which is what really grabbed me about this fabric. It's satinised so has a very subtle sheen and a weave that reminds me of raw silk. But I genuinely have no idea what the fabric content is. I just know that it feels great and has a fab pattern, and it washed up fine on a 40 degree wash and a warm setting on the tumble drier. (Line drying in the UK is not an option right now. Flippin' rain!!) So it ticks all the boxes as far as I'm concerned. Happy days!
This was a super quick make using the pattern I'd already drafted for this tutorial. I was aiming for a boxy style shell top and that seems to have worked out pretty well. Except this time I drafted a facing for the neckline,which really enhances the bateau shape much more than the bias finish did on my previous make of this top. It was such a quick make that I even bothered to finish the facing with some deep purple bias from my stash...
Drafting a facing was one of those things that I had built up in my mind as more time consuming than it actually is, so I'd kind of avoided doing it. I couldn't have been more wrong. In fact it took less than 5 minutes, literally. For some bizarre reason I'd been labouring under the misapprehension that a bias finished neckline was quicker and easier. Ha! Sometimes there's no rhyme nor reason to the way my brain works.
What a plonker!