As a part of the Freehand Fashion blog tour, Commissioning Editor Amy and Marketer & Publicist Frida each took on the challenge of making a garment from Chinelo Bally’s new book, ready for inspection at the book’s official launch at the Fashion & Textile Museum on the 12th November.
Amy: I decided to make the box top because I find it hard to find tops that I like with long sleeves. I worked quite closely with Chinelo on the book and I’ve seen her whip up quite a few garments in very short spaces of time. I have been sewing for a few years and have made garments from traditional patterns – how hard could it be?! Frida, what made you choose to make the maxi skirt?
Frida: I’m a beginner sewist, so the simple but yet so stylish maxi skirt was the perfect Freehand Fashion project for me. I had some amazing purple ribbed silk fabric from Cloth House that I had bought in the sale that fitted the bill. As it’s ribbed, and as the pieces were cut out from a semi-circle, it meant I got a nice effect of horizontal stripes at the front transforming into vertical stripes at the back. Amy, the fabric on your top is lovely, what is it?
Amy: I used an Atelier Brunette viscose fabric from M is for Make. I have used their viscose fabric before and knew that it would be really easy to sew with. The box top is based on the dress block, so my first job was to record all of the required measurements. It is definitely worth taking your time over this bit – without a pattern you are really relying on these measurements!
http://www.oalth.gr/help-me-with-my-college-essay/ Help Me With My College Essay Frida: The maxi skirt is based on the flare block. The measuring part was really easy, as I only had to measure my waist and how long I wanted the skirt. Then, some simple π calculations and off I went. Don’t let the maths put you off though, it’s all written out step-by-step and very easy.
Amy: Next came the scary bit – using my measurements to cut out the pieces! I did this straight on to my fabric and although it was a bit nervewracking, it was also quite exciting. How did you find this bit Frida?
Frida: Piece of cake! No, but the folding and cutting part for the flare block was pretty straightforward. I just made sure to press the folded fabric thoroughly before cutting. As my fabric is quite sheer, I also decided to add a lining, cut out the same way as the main fabric.
http://fmindesign.in/fast-custom-essay-writing-service/ Fast Custom Essay Writing Service Amy: One of my first jobs was to put in the invisible zip. I had done this before, but this time I used Chinelo’s method from the techniques section, and it worked brilliantly! I will definitely be using this again. Putting the lining in was a little bit tricky, as I had to work on the garment inside out for quite a while before turning it the right side out. But when I did turn it out, it magically seemed to come together, and I love the way all the seams are hidden away inside the lining.
Frida: I had to do an invisible zip too for my skirt. Chinelo’s technique is really straightforward. The only problem is that my zip isn’t very invisible, but I blame the floppiness of the fabric for this. As the waistband turned out quite flimsy, I’m planning to re-do it, so might try to improve on the zip too while I’m at unpicking it anyway. Did you have any particular bits that you were struggling with?
Amy: Cutting out the sleeves was the hardest part of making the top. Chinelo’s advice is to spend some time practicing this with a bodice block, and I think she’s right, and I will be trying that before I make another top. I got my sleeves to fit, although they are not quite as perfect as I would like. Overall I am really pleased with the finished top, and will definitely be having another go at some freehand fashion. I am looking forward to being a bit more adventurous and designing my own dress – once I’ve practiced those sleeves.
Frida: I’m also very pleased with my skirt. The project was just right for me as a beginner, and experienced sewists who wants a quick sewing project will also love this. It’s so stylish and I’ll be wearing it for a wedding later this month. I love wearing skirts and can’t wait to make a few more experimenting with different fabrics and skirt lengths.
Don’t miss out on the next stop of the Freehand Fashion blog tour tomorrow: A Stitching Odyssey making the Hi-low top.
Find out more about Freehand Fashion here.
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