Friday, 24 June 2011

I'm so happy I'm a sewer

Just last week I found myself in my favourite clothes shop about to buy several gorgeous tunics to wear over skinny leggings when I suddenly realised I didn't have any plain, fitted, long sleeve tees to go under them!  What to do? This particular shop does stock such tees but they must be very special because they retail for around $90 each.  I could go to Cotton On and buy something cheap and nasty that probably won't fit? Hmmm, I want them in specific colours and weights too...  what to do, what to do.... Happily, I was only a few minutes drive from my favourite fabric shop and it was here that I found 4 perfect fabrics in varying shades of grey, black and white. Happily, I had already previously adjusted Kwiksew #3338 to fit me (really just an FBA) so it was just a matter of sitting at the machine and whipping them up.  It was meant to be. Honestly, if they took 2 hours each it would be stretching it - and I'm a sloooow sewer.

So the moral of the story is 1. yes, you are allowed to buy gorgeous clothes even though you sew and 2. sewing ALWAYS comes in handy!

KS 3338

For the dark grey version I decided to use fold-over elastic - I like the professional looking edge it produces.  I didn't bind the neck edge of all the tees this way: for very fine fabrics I find the elastic too stiff and harsh a contrast. Also, I only have black and white in my stash.


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