Thursday, October 29, 2020


 I have been working on a new top, but it has dragged out for the whole month.  We have been busy with our last camping trip of the season.  Also we had our 30th anniversary!  I can't believe it has been that long.
I purchased these wonder clips by Clover that are so popular now.  I could not believe the price of these.  Everything for sewing is just so expensive any more.  They are nothing but mini clothes pins and they were $35.00 for 100.  I did some research and they had much cheaper ones online for like $9.00, but everyone said they break pretty easy.  So I did break down and purchased the ones for $35.00.  I am hoping they last forever.  I used them on my new top and I did really like them.  They have 1/4 and 1/2 inch markings on the clips so when you use them you can get your hems even.  I am sure I will get much use out of them with sewing and quilting.

The top actually looks better on me than the model, which usually is not the case.  I really like the sleeves because they are three-quarter length sleeves.  The sleeves are a little puffy and the cuff fits tight right past the elbow.  It was a little big in the hips and flared out at the side seams and I did not care for that.  This material is pretty heavy and warm so it made the sides flare out and look huge.  Now if it had been a thinner more drappy material it probably would have been all right.  I did go ahead and remove the angle on the side seams and just brought the side seam down straight and I just cut the angle off.  This made a hugh difference between looking as big as a barn and looking slim in it.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I do.  Now, on the front seam, I did that with my serger.  I picked a color of thread that I wanted and serged down the seam.  I should have turned off the knife but I was not sure at the time what I was going to do.  Next, I did put the knife down and serged over the seam two more times and it gave it sort of a decorative edge.  I wasn't sure if I liked that either, but once made, I do.  I think it would be really cute with some leggings but I don't wear those because my legs are too skinny.  I will just wear  it with jeans. It was a very easy pattern and I bought it off of Etsy.  I think it might have been discontinued.   It is a Nancy Zeiman pattern.  It went together very easily.  The material was something that I had lying around.  I bought it at JoAnn fabrics last year along with some scuba fabric.

  The scuba fabrics seem to be out of style already. I don’t see much of it this year.  It is really cute so maybe I will make a bag or something out of that.  We’ll let me know what you think; I will be waiting for your comments.