For my first overlocker project I selected some soft peach knit (to match one of the many colours in my triangle skirt) and traced off my best fitting shop-bought vest top. Overlocking just kinda clicked with me straight away but a clear (if a little boring) instructional DVD and great instruction manual helped too.
The top fits well but I think I’d try narrower neck and arm bands if I make another vest top.
This is the skirt that has been hanging around my sewing room wanting for a zip. It’s Simplicity 2451 and after gaining confidence and zip skills at Miss Makers Zips Demystified course at the weekend I have finished it. As is customary when I have a new pattern, here’s my top three (and there are plenty to choose from in blogland):
1. ScruffyBadgerTime made a lovely teal treat
2. A bright and happy offering by Bernie and I
3. The work-appropriate version made by The musings of a dedicated Housefiancee
My top three reflects my plans for this pattern because I’d like to a make a basic wardrobe staple, a colourful summer version and a sensible office-worthy work skirt.
This navy corduroy, lining and bias tape were all in my acquired stash so I just needed to purchase the pattern and a zip – bargain. Corduroy is completely inappropriate for the summer (even a British summer) but I’m sure it will be well worn come autumn/winter. It’s also very tricky to photograph and highlights the dead pixel line of my camera embarrassingly well!
I dropped two sizes after making a toile/muslin – when will I learn just cut by intuition and not what the packet recommends?! Lining was easy because I’d read Winnie’s order of doing things and Alice’s tutorial too. The navy lining is not the best quality but in the interests of using up the stash and not spending money, it’ll do. Cutting the pocket facings out of the lining helped to reduce bulk at the seams.
Another bulk reducing technique I used was to bias bind the skirt yolk facing instead of pressing under as recommended in the pattern instructions – see I can deviate from pattern instructions… sometimes!