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But it's too beautiful to cut up, what if I ruin it?

Added Feb 16, 2014

by nicola82

Perth, Australia






Once I had my recent practice run with my spotted top, it was time to embark on some more serious fabric. I loved this fabric and had it ready to go for a different project. But with a bit of determination, I managed to cut two tops out of it. This is the more simpler of the two. Once again, baby-steps.

This is a ‘learn to sew’ pattern from Simplicity #1589. And it is really easy. But because I scrimped and scraped on the fabric, I didn’t do the bias binding out of the same light fabric. Instead opting for the store bought variety. It worked out okay. But I think the store bought binding was a bit too heavy, so there is a little bit of puckering around the neckline and straps.

By the way, the fabric is from Potter’s in Perth. They sell remnant fabrics left over from the very very limited clothing manufacturing industry in Australia. The fabrics are often the current season or slightly last season. They have a great passion for very good quality fabrics and have many a story on how fabric manufacturers cut corners these days. Whilst I haven’t been there recently, I do hope they’re here to stay.



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    Feb 16, 2014, 11.47 PMby schnui

    This top is lovely too. Such beautiful fabric!!!

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      Feb 18, 2014, 02.32 PMby nicola82

      Thanks – I was really lucky that I had some time off work so I could take the time out to cut the two tops out. Honestly though, I think I lucked out with the bias tape – the puckering can’t been see in the pics, but it does annoy me – do you have any hints regarding bias tape?

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      Feb 18, 2014, 09.50 PMby schnui

      I use a lot of bias tape which I make myself and I guess with years of practice I have got it right. Cutting the bias on the correct angle is essential and pressing is also essential. I own 5 different size Clover bias makers and there are some really good youtube videos showing how to use them properly. I hope this helps and I am sure you will get better and better using bias tape. I can see from your projects that you sew beautifully and you will get this right.

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      Feb 19, 2014, 12.34 PMby nicola82

      Ooooops! I’m sorry, I accidentally ‘marked your comment as inappropriate’ instead of responding.

      What I mean to say was thanks again. And that I need to get some Clover bias makers by the sound of things.

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