Monday, June 11, 2012

Pulling things together ...

The purple skirt and jeans from my SWAP have so far seen limited wear as I don't have a lot that goes with them.  I realise that my colour ability is limited, so unless I see fabrics together I find it hard to imagine what goes with what and this makes for a lot of orphans in my wardrobe. 

A trip to Spotlight to see if I was fortunate enough for them to have stocked the zipper rack proved very fruitful.  Not only did they have a black invisible zipper in the length I wanted, they had a length of fabric I wanted and there weren't 193 people in a queue with only one cashier.  I found this fabric on the sale table for $5 a metre and was delighted to find that there was an additional 40% off, so it cost me $3 per metre.

The print is not one I necessarily like, but the colours in it makes it very versatile.  It goes with my purple SWAP bottoms, the red skirt from last week, black and even brown.  I decided to make BWOF 01-08-116 wrap top that was very popular a few years ago.  As I have become enamoured of Frankenpatterning, I did a bit on this top.  First of all, I lengthened it by 5cm, then I frankenpatterned the sleeve head onto my TNT t-shirt KS3338 and finally frankenpatterned the fronts with the ties onto the wrap ties from M5974.  The original ties are just hemmed and show the wrong side of the fabric.  I know from previous versions of this top that it drove me crazy.

These ties are wedge shaped rather than square and seamed together to create a neat, easy to use and attractive tie.  I never really loved this pattern before, but now I've made these changes I really like it.

I think I have become the queen of squeezing many garments from small amounts of fabric because I was able to get another very useful garment out of it.  This is BWOF 08-08-118, which I have now made three times and I know will go into heavy rotation immediately.




I'm rather pleased with my sewing; two garments for $9!

13 comments:

Ambitious Sewer said...

Wow!!!! That's an awesome investment. The tops really came out nicely.

prttynpnk said...

Oh, wait. Not only do I have to sew with a plan, but it has to match other stuff I sew? Oh, crumbs. This foresight thing may be too much for little me.

Summer Flies said...

Hmmm.... lovely! I do like the fabric and wish I was that lucky at Spotlight .. LOL! That's great to get two pieces out of that fabric.

readythreadsew said...

I love that print and what you've made with it. Isn't it nice when you sew something that pairs up with a wardrobe orphan.

kbenco said...

This is just too organized and lucky. Two orphan rescue garments, AND a fabric bargain from an unlikely source.Your tops will look fabulous with your purple jeans.

Dahra said...

Wow I think that would have been the bargin of the year.
They turned out beautiful.

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Sharon said...

What a great find and an even better price, love the colours and so good that it will go with so many other pieces in your wardrobe.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That is quite a steal! Great, versatile pieces.

gwensews said...

You should be proud! Terrific print!

Sheila said...

I love that print and perfect for pairing with other items.

Diana said...

Two great pieces and what a bargain!