Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My nemesis ...


Kwik Sew 3378 - so far I have cut this top out four times and this is the first time I've made it past sewing the front seam. It's all about the fabric. I realise now that every other time I've attempted to make this, it was in a beefier knit and it just wasn't going to work. This time I've cut it in a slinky knit and I rather like it.
The fabric came from Clegs in Melbourne. Every month I go to Melnourne for a managers' meeting and last week our meeting closed early. I made the mistake of asking my boss's EA if there was a fabric store nearby. He gave me detailed directions on how to get to Clegs (and I've discovered a fellow fabricaholic). The sad thing is, now that I know how close it is to our office, I will be heading down there every time I'm in Melbourne! As I was on a day trip and only a small backpack with me, I could only purchase two small pieces. I bought the slinky in black, too, for a cardigan. I was inspired by someone (and I can't remember whose blog I saw it on now) who recently made a Jalie cardigan in black slinky that was really lovely. That will make an appearance soon.
Because I had so much fabric leftover, I knocked out a quick TNT tshirt (KS3338) with the additional self drafted cowl from an old Australian Stitches. Their version also had a gathered front which, in hindsight, I should have added, too. Compared to yesterday, with two garments from $3 worth of fabric, these are relatively expensive at two garments for $18, but I'm not complaining!

9 comments:

Sharon said...

Great tops and love the colour. I've made up KS3378 before only with short sleeves but like the look of long sleeves so this may make it into the SWAP as my last t-shirt.

Clegs is dangerous, when I was there in 2009 I bought some beautiful materials, still to make them up mind you. I think it was Kathryn's blog that you saw the Jalie cardigan in the slinky, she also made the Jalie tie top as well.

velosewer said...

I love KS3378. Even my aunty asked for this pattern and she's a long time sewer.

Your tops are great.

velosewer said...

I love KS3378. Even my aunty asked for this pattern and she's a long time sewer.

Your tops are great.

Janine said...

$18 is still very cheap for nice tops such as these. Clegs is actually quite evil being close to Flinders St Station so they know I can pop in before my train leaves to go back home during Melbourne trips. Clegs has some beautiful fabric - I would love some colour washed floral silks they have but um I think they are close to $80/metre so I suppose I will just dream on. ( or win tattslotto )

Faye Lewis said...

Nice job on both. Love the color.

theperfectnose said...

Nice. Do you come to Melbourne that often? We should meet up for coffee/ fabric shopping (window or actual), I can take you to a couple of places that cost a fraction of Cleggs prices and have good quality.. You'll need a car though, or a helmet (I ride a scooter).

Gail said...

Cleggs does have beautiful quality knits doesn't it. Great top.

kbenco said...

Very nice. I bought my first sewing pattern from Clegs, it is a lovely shop.

Sheila said...

Lovely tops and you use great colors.