UFO’S NO MORE…..GETTING SEWING PROJECTS COMPLETED!

I posted on 21st August (last week) under the title Garment Sewing Fun……I showed the pattern and fabrics I intended to sew up. Well…..would you believe it, I got a few UFO’s (Unfinished Objects) made up!

This is the Ivy top on the Sewing Workshop Collection pattern: Odette & Ivy

The Sewing Workshop Collection:Odette & Ivy tops. New this year I think. Just love the top on the right which is what I intend to make soon with the 3 different black fabrics. Will show when it is done.

The Sewing Workshop Collection:Odette & Ivy

OK, so I really should learn from my previous experience with these patterns……they are huge! I made up a medium as usual as I was not really thinking. I should have made a small or even extra small. Go figure. I also did not like the sleeves so I removed them and just bound the armholes with self fabric after I had seriously reduced the size by taking in the seams and lifting the shoulders. I made notes & popped them in the pattern envelope so hopefully I will take heed next time and cut a much smaller size!  I found the length super long. It pretty much reaches to my knees which is way longer than I usually have for these sorts of loose over tops. However, I had no intention of cutting off that lovely polka dot mesh so it will just have to be long! Naturally I used my ELNA serger with its wonderful stretch knit program throughout. Only sewing I did with my sewing machine was the binding on the neck & armholes. And I used the JANOME MC8900  for that.  I used 3 different black fabrics and here it is:

My completed ivy top.....yet to be worn but I think I am going to like it.

My completed Ivy top…..yet to be worn but I think I am going to like it.

Close up of the unusual hemline: all bits pieces. I wanted to use the mesh as it seems to be quite hot just now.

Close up of the unusual hemline: all bits and pieces. I wanted to use the mesh as it seems to be quite hot just now.

Ans a close up of the main body of fabric: an unusual texture created by sections which have been gathered together a little like smocking. I bought it like this an really like the effect. What do you think?

And a close up of the main body of fabric: an unusual texture created by sections which have been gathered together a little like smocking. I bought it like this and really like the effect. What do you think?

OK –  gotta get back to my sewing room to try to get a few more things made before I set off on my travels again!

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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4 Responses to UFO’S NO MORE…..GETTING SEWING PROJECTS COMPLETED!

  1. Kathy says:

    I have a similar pattern (Alex & Olive) by the Sewing Workshop and found the same problems. They are very generous but love the different cuts they have. I found all I needed was my Janome serger and CoverPro and did a great job. I get positive comments every time I wear one of these tops and have made several….most given away to friends. I will be looking for this new one. Your fabric choices are great – very stylish.

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  2. Yvonne says:

    Love your dress.

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  3. It would be a great kindness if those who are posting here would use the word “Janome” or “sewing” or something more descriptive in the subject line. The comment titled “UFOS no more!” can mean a great many things to non-quilters or anyone not familiar with sewing terminology. I came close to trashing this one, thinking it was spam and would have missed a very interesting post. Thanks very much, Joann

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