Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm back!

I cannot believe I have been absent from blogland for 2 months! It started with a crazy schedule at work to a trip to the UK where I picked up a nasty virus it has taken me weeks to cure. I have however got some exciting stuff to share with you!
Ta-da! A brand-new, handmade cutting table! My FIL is a whiz with making stuff and I asked him to make me a table to specifications for my new sewing room. He added a second shelf below where my overlocker and some other essentials are neatly stored. I had to go buy another large self-healing cutting mat and my long steel ruler is finally being put to good use on top of this table.

Just love it and it works wonderfully for me. No more sitting on the carpet to cut out fabric.

The latest issue (#47 Summer 2010) of the quarterly Bernina Inspiration magazine was just the inspiration I needed to christen my new cutting table.

This purple top is made from jersey stretch fabric and is super-easy to make. Just 2 pattern pieces and some elastic makes for a fast sew. I did not however like the off-the-shoulder look that much, so I played around and modified the pattern a bit.

This is the end-result. Two pattern pieces, front and back, all-in-one. I modified the neck and sleeves and it fits perfectly now. Here are a few tops I have now made with this pattern.

The first one is made from a silk-jersey. Not the easiest fabric to work with, but well worth the extra effort. Love the bright colours! I wanted to try my hand at sewing the neck with elastic thread, using the shirring method, and it was a breeze.

The second is just a standard stretch jersey fabric with lots of stretch in orange and brown. I am wearing this top today for the first time and love it. Also shirred around the neck with elastic thread.

The other reason for my absence is this - my brand-new kindle. I got this for my birthday from my DH recently and have been a frequent visitor on Amazon to purchase books. This is such a fun gadget to own!

I have loads more to share, but will be back soon for that. Right now I have a cup of tea and will be visiting your blogs to say hello and see what you have been up to the last 2 months!


sewkalico said...

So glad to see you're back! And thank you for my inspiration magazines - love them too! Your sewing space looks AMAZING! Lucky you and I do hope you are all better now!!!
Love your tops!

Gingini said...

Blij dat je terugbent!! Love your room, very organised! :)

Vikki said...

glad to see you are back, sorry you have been sick. your sewing room looks great!

jacqueline said...

Oh my im so GLAD to see you back!!! Missed you so muuch while you were away and im just glad that you are better and that nasty virus has left!
That table is awesome!! Just perfect for your sewing studio and the tops you made are really really beautiful!. Yipee to your new kindle...and this reminded me to get back to work on the kindle cozy requested by a lovely customer. Have a lovely merry happy week sweet friend and love to you!

Jesse said...

Glad you're back, and glad you're feeling better!

I love the orange and brown top - it's gorgeous. And I don't know which I'm more envious of: your table or your kindle.

Yana said...

welcome back :) your new cutting table is amazing with so much space and the shelf underneath!!! and your tops look lovely! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm your recent follower and I like your tops! I will have to try this design without a pattern.