I recently wrote about the disappointment I faced after making a few cardis from some Ponte de Roma fabric, purchased from my local Fabricland. The fabric was lovely and soft, had a great drape, a nice amount of stretch and came in some FABULOUS colors. So I bought loads of it - red, fushia, blue, chartreuse, cream, black (not all at the same time you understand!) and made up some great tops using McCalls 6168.
Sadly, the fabric pilled quickly - after just one wearing, the cream jacket has pilled so much around the cuffs that I can't wear it anymore.
Sew, this week I spent time making up the tops again in fabric with a very high cotton content, and I couldn't be more thrilled!
As you can see, I have manged to duplicate all the previous tops, with the exception of the chartreuse one - when I see a cotton knit in the same colour . . . I will make one of those too! Oh, and the black one. I picked up a cotton/lycra knit today, but I am waiting until I get a cover-stitch machine (hopefully in the next few weeks) before using this fabric as it is quite thin. I do have another fabric that would work well, a black embossed velvet, so that should be making an appearance soon!
Here are some more pics . . . . !
Le Purple Velvet Smoking Jacket - Prince eat your heart out! I changed out the front of this jacket, and rather than have a button band and a round neck, I took out about 1.5" off each of the fronts and then sewed on a band that has a centre back seam. More about this fabric in a post later this week.
Tomatoes/tomatoes - ribbed 100% cotton, regular neckline
True Blue Baby - I Love You! Cotton with a smidge of lycra - altered neckline with attached band.
A Study in White - This is the same fabric as True Blue above, and also has the altered neckline with a band. I am thinking of leaving buttons off this one but sewing some beads around the band.
I rather like the smaller white glass beads at the top, the large ones are gold lined glass beads and I think that they are a bit ostentatious and big. I am looking for subtlety!
Finally Fushia - again, the same fabric as True Blue and Study in White. I may need to re-hem the bottom as I sewed a narrow hem that is wanting to turn out and is not happy about lying flat!
Sorry about the flushed face in these pics - I had just had a shower and I think I was still rather warm!
Incidentally, the reason why I had the time to get all this sewing done, as well as my PJ's, is that Mr. SDSC and I took a week of work. Just like that. For no real reason except that we wanted too. And it was great! We had a couple of things that needed doing - dogs to the vets to get their teeth cleaned etc., but on the whole we chilled and did what we wanted - went out to dinner, saw an exhibition and I sewed, sewed and sewed!
Back to work on Monday, and a return to weekend sewing, I find it hard to get motivated to sew after a long day at work, but I do have some ideas brewing - I rather fancy making Tilly's new Coco Dress, and I also wanted to make some garments out of some lovely wool that I picked up this last week. What about you - what do you have brewing?