I mentioned previously that I’d decided to take a beginner sewing class to start learning how to sew clothes which, besides making a huge quilt, is the reason why I wanted to learn how to sew in the first place. Using this pattern the instructor taught us how to cut, sew and finish a blouse in a two part class; 4 hours on the first Saturday and 4 hours on the following Saturday.
I learnt so much at the class including how to;
- read, adjust and cut a pattern
- fold and cut on the grainline
- sew bust darts without making puckers
- sew sleeves
- finish raw edges on seams
The end result was a some-what wearable top. I say some-what wearable because although the top is sewed very nicely it’s made of 100% cotton which means it's very heavy and stiff and the long sleeves aren't very me, or very hot weather friendly. It’s definitely not the most comfortable of tops. Also as much as I really like the butterfly pattern, I don’t think it works in this top – it kinda screams homemade to me. That being said I have quite a bit of this fabric left over so I plan to incorporate into my first quilt in the next few weeks.
[The only downside to the class was that the pattern itself was really expensive ($17) and because I only bought it that morning I didn’t have the time (or know that I should have) sketched out a copy before we cut it. So I can only make my own size if I want to remake it – annoying but I’ll get over it!]
The top design itself is actually very nice and I really wanted to try making the top again to practice what I’d learnt. So I armed myself with a 40% coupon and headed to JoAnns to buy a lighter fabric for my second attempt. I choose a lovely 100% Rayon Fabric in a fabulous teal colour which had a lovely softness and drape to it and bought a yard for approx. $6. I decided to forgo the contrast colour and kept it all the same shade and made shorter, more practical sleeves.
I think it turned out great. It’s very light and easy to wear, very soft and comfortable and while the first top looked and felt a little old-fashioned to me this version seems much younger and I think that’s down to the fabric choice.
So I’ve accomplished sewing my first (and second) top, practised darts and sleeves and working with Rayon. I’m starting to feel more and more confident with sewing the more I practice. I want to remake this top again in a white or black colour but to alter the neckline – perhaps make it a round neck without the yoke and maybe adding a pocket?
I can see quite a few versions of this top making their way into my wardrobe over the next few weeks!