1 Metre Challenge/Sew-a-Long
My sewing group recently is currently holding sew-a-long and challenge to create an item using 1 metre of fabric. When this challenge came up I instantly knew that it would be the perfect excuse to sew another version of Simplicity 1884.
As I have sewed this twice before (here and here) there is not a whole lot to add. I sewed a medium, and french seamed it (of course). I lengthened the top by 1.5", similar to the second version, but forgot that the fabric is a woven and does not stretch over my hips! If I ever make the dress version of this pattern, I will definitely have to remember to do some grading out in that area. Oh well, it does give this top more of a blouson feel so I don't mind.
The fabric was picked up one day from a shop on Brick Lane in East London - I can't remember the name. Although I have spotted fabric shops towards the Aldgate end of Brick Lane, I have usually passed them when they are closed. The prices are not too shabby. I picked up this crepe type fabric for £3.50 per metre. I also picked up the same fabric but in burgundy whilst I was at it. Here is a close up:-
This fabric has been in my stash a while and when I started to construct the top I was worried that although it had a lovely drape it would not be soft enough for the gathers and would fall strangely. The gathers are more pronounced, but I think that the end result is fine and I feel contented.
This was a fun challenge. I have to be honest, I pretty much finished this top before the sew-a-long had even started. The funny thing is I had no immediate plans to stash-bust this fabric, but I am so glad that this sew-a-long came up. It has also been some instant gratification alongside my June garment (yes I have started on that early too...) which has a huge amount of hand-stitching.
You can see my Pattern Review of this top here.
Do ever get inspired to do some impromptu stash-busting?
And what is the source of your inspiration?