3 hours well spent and Metropolis

Yesterday, I had an afternoon learning more about my overlocker.  What a hoot.  I learned quite a few things about my little babylock which I hope will make my garmets a bit more professionally handmade. I also learnt about fray stopper.  What a revelation! In celebration, I came home and made one of my usual super easy tops, C from my nani iro book! I have made this pattern many times.  These tops are like tshirts in my wardrobe and I find it a nice and simple design for the sometimes, over the top Liberty fabric.  I used the Landis C Tana Lawn Liberty SS 12 inspired by the Art Deco architecture in the film "Metropolis"  I bought the other week.  I was silly and cut one piece too long (hard to believe !!??), which then meant I had to make it quite short. Shorter than I usually make... but I have high hopes for this top.  
I think it will look great with a McCalls 5591 skirt (maybe mustard or green)
The other thing I did - a bit too late in the sewing really - was decide I was going to add two little pleats in the neckline to assist with the shaping. I do like the subtlety of them. 
I think this will be a good work top, but here I am about to head off to the Playschool concert with Elliot wearing my new top and jeans.  Nothing like putting on something on hot off the press wondering whether you've cut all the lose threads off!
We had a really great time and the concert.  We ran into friends that Elliot used to go to childcare with and another one of our friends Sarah and her girls.  Jay Lag'aia and Abi Tucker did the concert so it was pretty special. 


  1. Wow! That IS 3 hours well spent! It looks great on you!
    Could you tell me more about Fray Stopper? I mean, the name makes it fairly obvious, but I've never used it... How or when did you teacher recommend using it?
    THanks! Happy sewing!

    1. Hi Gillian, the teacher said that she lives by Fray Stoppa and uses it all the time. For fastening the end of overlocking, or sewing (buttons) .... It dries soft apparently. I found this review of it on the haby goddess: http://thehabygoddess.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/product-review-fray-stoppa.html

  2. Love your hot-off-the-press top. Beautiful colors. You're going to get a lot of wear out of it.