Thursday, June 2, 2011

Two quick sewing projects

Not one, but TWO pieces. Now that's not often happening on this blog. But these two pieces were fairly easy to make. Add to that the fact that I was really inspired to sew, and you can understand it was fun to make this set.

The top is from KnipMode / July 2010 / 17b
The bermuda shorts are from KnipMode / supplement March 2011 / 106b (I placed the zipper in the front and not at the side. Don't like side-zippers).

The fabric of the top is a jersey of the kind that melts when you iron it a bit too hot. (That didn't happen to me thank God, I was smart enough to test the fabric first. Phew!)
I don't know what it's called, but if you look at the close-up pictures below you'll get a pretty good idea.

(Let's just say: it's not the kind of fabric that gets the contestants of Project Runway through to the next round. I can already hear Michael Kors saying: "this is cheap (!!) fabric. What were you thínking!", followed by Heidi's "You're OUT")

I did have some reservations about gathering this fabric but it turned out it was very, very easy. There's no need to loosen the stitch. The ruffles just won't hold if you do. You don't have to use long stitches either, which gives a very fine result:

The sleeves are rather wide. It makes it all the more comfortable to wear.
The hem is serged.

The hem at the bottom is done by handstitching.
I somehow didn't like a serged hem at that place.

The bermuda was fun to make as well. It fits quite good. I made my 2 cm.-adjustment I used here for the first time and it's really doing the trick for me. No awkward crotch-wrinkles, but just nice, smooth lines. Definitely a keeper!

 That's it for now. Enjoy your (long?) weekend everyone!!



Gail said...

I really like both these garments for casual wear. I'll have to take a look at the shorts pattern for next summer (winter here in Australia).

Audrey said...

This is such a pretty outfit. Both pieces are lovely and fit you so well.

SEWN said...

Beautiful top and great fit on the shorts.

Susan said...

Both pieces look great!