sewing challenge 2016 homemade clothing , accessories and soft furnishings

My Great Big Sewing Resolution – Silk Top: The Result

Well here it is – my brand new top!

Silk Cami Top

This was the first time I have used satin, and boy is it difficult. To make life easier, I had sprayed the fabric with starch (Dyson’s is very good) and used a rotary cutter rather than my usual shears.  This meant that the fabric was easier to handle, the cut outs didn’t distort and they were less prone to fraying.

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Overall, it took me about 6 hours from start to finish, over a couple of days to complete.  That includes printing the pattern, reading the instructions, washing and treating the fabric and the actual sewing. Making my next cami will I predict take no more than 2 hours, so expect to see more on this site.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was going to announce my surprise next sewing project.  The surprise is that it was going to be a shirt dress, but after several days of internal debate, I decided to ditch the shirt dress in favour of a self drafted kimono.

Yeah, I know – crazy.

Fabric for kimono - Champagne with a twist
Fabric for kimono –
Champagne with a twist

I think it could whip up to something wearable.  I will post about my progress over the next few days, for now, I’m off to find a pattern to make my D&G daisy dress. At the moment I’m having difficulty sourcing large applique daisies, so if you have any tips, please let me know.

What do you think of my sewing efforts?  Have you made any clothes so far this year? Please share your sewing plans for 2016 here on Champagne with a Twist.

Thanks for reading!