adult's clothing

toiling away

I’m away from Melbourne visiting my parents this weekend, so couldn’t attend Nikki’s draped tops class.  But I’ve been having fun over the past few weeks making toiles from her soon-to-be-released draped top and dress pattern.

toiling - Nikki's drape dress

This dress is SO comfy! You caught a glimpse of an earlier incarnation back in January and I’ve already had loads of wear from it.

toiling - Nikki's drape dress

I also turned what had been a skirt into a fitted draped top (also a toile from Nikki’s soon-to-be-released draped top and dress pattern).

side draped top toile

This one would have been better in fabric with a higher lycra content and cut a little wider through the body – it’s a little more fitted around my thick midriff than I prefer (although those folds and wrinkles are supposed to be there; they’re not all due to it being too tight!)

side draped top toile

These tops and dresses are great fun to sew together, particularly if you have an overlocker. Side and shoulder seams, fold over the sleeve, neck and bottom hems and stitch with a twin needle (I usually stabilise them with double-sided adhesive Vilene tape first). The striped fabric was from the $2 per metre table at Darn Cheap Fabrics.  Not expensive at all, so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work out – but usually it does!

toiling - Nikki's drape dress

Enjoy this burst of slightly tropical summer weather on your long weekend, Victorians – and I hope that the weekend is a pleasant one for everyone else too.

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7 thoughts on “toiling away

  1. So sorry you missed the class…. but it’s lovely to see the finished garments. I don’t think I’m going to release the fitted t-shirt pattern – it’s a tricky one to get the fitting right for different body shapes, but the dress is working really well.

  2. Oh I just remembered- it’s this weekend last year that you were up my way and it was the dreadful hail storm. And I believe you would have got a bit pelted today- but thankfully not by hail. Have a nice family time x Tan

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