A finished article!

I know you are in shock right! haha I have finished my first ever top!

I have to say I am pretty impressed with myself and as well as learning how to make a top I have also learnt some lessons:

1. I can not follow a pattern to save my life, I may have mentioned this before so maybe this is more of a confirmation….

2. I do not like the restriction of following a pattern BUT then again being my first top I had no idea how to make the changes I visualised in my head, so this is probably what is known as a catch 22.

3. I do not like making clothes, if I was to make clothes again it would have to be with some form of support SO watch out Mother-in-law I am heading your way! I am much more of a visual person when it comes to learning (another thing that I did not know about myself!)

Anyway here it is:

Hmmm
Hmmm

Soooo many things wrong with this top! haha

I completely did the shoulder joints wrong (ok there may be a more technical term for it…)

It puckered in a few places.

I sewed all the way down the side when I was meant to stop about three quarters down, I didn’t want to start unpicking as it may all come apart as I had not realised my mistake until right near the end so decided to leave it as it is, with no hem (again is that the right word? haha I really am so clueless, I had to ask my husband what the word was)

As soon as I tried it on my first thought was “oh dear, what was I thinking?!” I look like a person with a rectangle attached to my body, to be fair I wanted to make a deeper neckline but had no idea how to do it.

Even with all its faults I LOVE it, my first ever top and it is completed! I will never wear it (I am not completely crazy) However I am proud of it.

I can only improve right?

A little sewing and a Birthday celebration

I turned a year older last week, sigh. I try and make the most of my Birthday week though 🙂

I was totally spoilt, at work one of my tenants support workers threw me a surprise party! I was slightly speechless and for anyone that knows me they will know not a lot stops me from talking!

I then went out for a meal with a few work colleagues and they bought me some beautiful flowers and an iPod shuffle! another wow and slightly teary eyes, it is lovely to know you are appreciated.

So pretty
So pretty

I then had a home made card from my little boy who had to show me everything he had stuck in the card at 7 am….

I also got to go out for dinner with my husband to le mercury in Islington which is just so romantic all candle lit and delicious food.

Then to top it off we went to the cinema on Sunday for the childrens showing at 10am to watch ice age 4 and then have a spot of lunch and do a bit of clothes shopping, where my child and husband got more then me, why is it when you have the money you never find anything you want?

Anyway between all the celebrations I did carry on with a little of my top and completed my first darts, still not sure if they are right but hey they look ok (at the minute)

Dart
Dart

photo copy 3

I hope to finish the top sometime next week but when I set myself goals I never stick to it, I think it is pre set in my DNA I always go off on a tanget and end up doing something completely different.

All I can say is watch this space.

New fabric, new project and family time

Well what can I say, I have been a naughty girl again. Yes you guessed it I have bought more fabric…

Yes, more fabric
Yes, more fabric

You (meaning my husband) will be glad to know it was from the bargain box/bucket so I feel justified in buying fabric that I had no specific plans for. Well I would only regret it latter if I did not buy it and I HATE to regret anything.

plain but cute
plain but cute
Maybe I am going through a beige phase
Maybe I am going through a beige phase
oh so glittery
oh so glittery

I decided to abandon one of the projects I had started some time ago, do you remember the top I had cut out?

It would have been so pretty
It would have been so pretty

After cutting it out I hit a brick wall, the fabric is very thin and see-through so I did not want to add interfacing as you would be able to see it. But because that would mean moving away from the pattern I couldn’t figure out where to go from there, when I say I have abandoned it what I mean is I have put it away until I have a bit more clothes making under my belt as I have decided it is a bit beyond me.

But I still like the pattern and now thanks to my bargain I have some material to give the pattern a whirl. So I started again

Attempt number two
Attempt number two

I have cut out all the pieces and have stared at the instructions for what felt like an eternity, I am sure it is in another language.

I hope to try and finish the top this week.

In other (slightly less interesting) news:

I have seen a great deal of recipes for play dough online recently and seeing as my son has been on summer break from nursery for the last two weeks I decided to try one of the recipes out, I tried this one:

http://www.thefabulousmomsguide.com/2012/05/how-to-make-play-dough-play-doh-3/

I was not very organised as I had no food colouring or cream of tartar but it worked out fine and my son had so much fun

our equipment
our equipment

and I got to do a bit of this:

relax and have a cuppa
relax and have a cuppa

so a success all round.