Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Birthday gift sewing

My latest creation is a result of some selfless sewing – the most rewarding kind - in the form of a Birthday camisole-type top for my lovely friend Hannah. The fabric is one I've used for a couple of aprons and on a number of occasions Hannah has drooled over it. Sadly I didn't have enough left to make her a dress, but that's probably a blessing in disguise as I don't think my sewing skills are that advanced yet!







I made 'View E' of New Look 6705, which unsurprisingly came together very easily and relatively fast. I say 'relatively fast', because this stopped being the case when I decided to put my own spin on things. 

To avoid as many raw edges inside as possible, I chose to forgo the instructions for the yoke part and instead opted for my own method. I stitched the inner yoke parts together, turned them right side out and pressed the raw edges under. Then I sandwiched the raw edges of the bodice front and back between the yoke pieces and viola, no raw edges to be seen! This was trickier than it should have been though, because my lovely white eyelet fabric had a stretch to it and was hard to press under evenly. Had I used 100% cotton eyelet, it would have been fine.

I can't complain though as I'm happy with the result and Hannah seems to love it! Hopefully she'll send me photos of her wearing it that I can then share with you all!

11 comments:

  1. That is gorgeous! What a lovely friend you are. I really like the white contrast against that fabric - it looks great.

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  2. What a gorgeous blouse! You did a great job, I'm sure you're friend will treasure it! (: I always panic when I do things my own way instead of the directions say lol I hate whipping out my seam ripper lol I'm glad your method worked out for you! (:

    Oh and I love you're tags!

    Allie

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  3. Marie, You are such a sweet friend and your friend is very lucky to receive this beautiful blouse. It's just so pretty!

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  4. Oooooh it's beautiful! I bet she's delighted :) xx

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  5. Thank you all, as always I really appreciate your encouragement...it keeps me going ;o)

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  6. I really like your labels. I have ordered some too . They just say The Creative Miss W. I wish I had put Handmade by on their as well .It's really nice.

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  7. Aw that is such a lovely gift!! Sometimes when one makes gifts for friends who don't sew, they don't appreciate the time and thought that has gone into making the gift - so I'm so delighted to hear that Hanna loved it!
    I really love the contrasting white neckline.

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  8. That's really pretty Marie.

    Currently birthday gift making is the only thing keeping me sewing. I'm barely sewing for myself, but only because birthday's have a deadline and none of my personal sewing does! There is something lovely about making gifts for others though.

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  9. What a lovely top! I'd be stoked to receive something as beautiful and lovingly made as this - what a good friend you are!

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  10. Oh lucky friend! I'm way to selfish to sew for others. I really love that top, the shape looks so wonderful! RL x

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