the sewing fever has begun for me from the early days of January this year, except that i had also successfully failed them.
first i tried making a wallet from real leather (first time attempting to make a wallet AND sew real leather), but for one reason or another (wrong needle, wrong thread tightness) the result looked like a sad looking lump of skin. i even got worried that i broke my new sewing machine because of this project.
so i quickly tried sewing something else to test my machine, and chose this fun fabric i got last month.
looks super yummy right? i thought so too, which was why i decided to get the fabric. the odd thing is that the print makes it look like it suits little kids rather than a +35 year old woman, and yet the material is viscose jersey which is super flowy and usually works better for drapey dresses etc. for grown ups. but whatever, i thought, i’d still make it work somehow.
and on i sewed, without a pattern, using the same way & model as for this top, until i finished the ruffles on the hem made out of lightweight cotton denim. that was when i realized my mistake.
since the denim is a lot stiffer than the viscose jersey, the ruffles added even more strain to the bottom which made the whole ruffle part spread out like unintended tulle skirt. (it looked much worse on me than on the clothe’s hanger.)
after i gathered more energy, i took the whole ruffle part out, un-ruffled them, and had to think of a new way to still add some sort of element to the bottom of the top using the same denim fabric (because i just couldn’t let this be a pyjama top!).
i only came up with this.
even when i have taken off all the ruffles, as you can see, it still looks like the denim part spreads out of the top’s bottom instead of falling straight down. so you can imagine what the ruffled version looked like on me.
other than that bottom part, the top itself was easy to make. this time, i decided to use the decorative stitch for the sleeves as well.
i’m sort of happy with the result, even though my husband still thinks it looks like a pyjama top. well, at least it is as comfortable as a pyjama top!
and i was even happier to find out that my sewing machine was not broken after the leather wallet project, phew! so that was reason enough for my big smile.
just like instant pancakes, the result can make you fulfilled even if the taste is just so-so. this top was certainly quick to make and makes me quite contented, even if the look is just so-so.
if you disagree with me about instant pancakes and know a good brand that i should try, do drop a hint in the comments! 😀
It’s really cute! Is your back feeling better?
thank you! yes, it’s been better now and i’ve gotten a few tips from a physiotherapist on what to exercise in case it happens again (let’s hope it doesn’t, though!). very happy new year to you! 🙂
Happy New Year! I like the month of January because it’s quiet enough for creative projects and if you don’t feel like going outside, you can always blame the weather. 😉
How true! And in Finland you can always blame the weather for everything because the winter is quite long. 😆
Well, it’s kinda cute 😀 Maybe to somewhat lessen the “pajama top” look, some “loud” accessories would do the trick, like the hoop earrings you’re already wearing in the photos, and some necklace. ❤
Thanks! Hehe, yes, embelishment is always good to make something plain a bit more special. 😁 well, at least the top is also wearable!
It’s very cute ! You should wear it on the International Pancake Day Tuesday, 5 March 🙂 I think it would be a success at the Pancake House Amsterdam 😉 So glad your sewing machine was not broken.
Ooh, i never even heard of the international pancake day 😂 yes, i definitely should wear it then, hahaha… thank you for the uplifting comment! 😁
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