Sewing

FO Friday | Kiomi Top.

I’m wearing it as I type this … with a smile on my face. Marc’s playing golf this afternoon or I’d have a modeled shot to share.

This is my third garment from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style. I have fabric/plans to make another top and a dress with this pattern (top in the gray printed linen and dress in the Liberty lawn – left and second to left respectively  – which I bought last month at Purl Soho). I’m glad I decided to tackle a top version, with linen I bought at JoAnns, first. This was my first time making/applying bias binding and my first time in many years sewing a gathered edge. I think I also might want to make the armholes a tad bit longer.

For this advanced beginner, Lotta’s instructions aren’t very detailed, especially around finishes. I found this helpful tutorial on the bias neckline (my question was about grading and clipping and Lotta was completely silent on those points!); and again I used this one on seam finishes to walk me through the french seam (which I used for the sides – yep, I’m finally confident enough in my 1/4″ seams to try two of them together!)

I must say – it’s pretty cool to be sitting here at 2 o’clock with a new top … which was a just pieces of fabric this time yesterday. I cut the pieces yesterday afternoon and made the bias tape (with this handy tool). Then today I sewed it all together (with only a couple of ripped seams) in a little over 2-1/2 hours.

…it’s also very nice to end the week with a finished project! I hope your week ends on a high note – and happy weekend!

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