Two new tops

Yesterday I had a last-minute urge to make something sparkly for New Year’s Eve (and there aren’t many choices for ‘sparkly’ in my fabric stash, or my wardrobe either!). So I pulled out Burda 8265 again, this time using a drapey jersey. I shortened the pattern from tunic to regular length, shortened the sleeves a touch, omitted the back facing and just turned and stitched the back neck instead.

The drape detail at the neck is very pretty with this lighter-weight knit (although harder to baste in the right place!). The jersey is olive with gold metallic on the front, giving a dark bronze appearance in person. I started sewing around 5p and finished it at 7:30 (ok, the hems were just wonder-taped, and not stitched yet). It’s very fun to have a TNT that you can whip out quickly like that, and I got some nice compliments on the top at the party I went to.

I also finally finished the wearable muslin of Simplicity 3692 that I’d been working on. Binding all the seams and hems took *forever*, as the only way I found to keep the seam binding in place before sewing was to use washable glue, but then I had to wait for each seam to dry as otherwise the glue would make the presser foot stick. Surely there’s a better way?

Simplicity 3692 full review