The Sewing Corner…Friday Finishes: New Tops!

I am so excited to start the new year off with two new tops!!    I have completed two Shirt No 1s, pattern by Sonya Philip of  100 Acts of Sewing.  I love this pattern as it is so versatile and so easy to change up.

The first finish was sewn out of a lovely blend of 55% Linen/45% Cotton by Robert Kaufman, the Forage Essex collection designed by Anna Graham called Roam Essex in Charcoal that I purchased from Hawthorne Supply Co.  

I really love how it turned out and the fabric was awesome to sew.  I also purchased a coordinating solid in Essex Yarn Dyed in Charcoal for the sleeves and for making the bias tape for the neckline.

The second Shirt No. 1 finish was sewn in Robert Kaufman Crate Essex in Indigo, another lovely blend of 55% Linen and 45% Cotton.   I used Cotton Linen. Denim in Denim for the neckline.  I love the solid denim so much that I am thinking it would be great for a pair of pants.

I will share that the neckline was created due to a mistake.  The mistake was the fact I sewed the bias tape on the wrong side instead of the right side.  So, I decided to go with it for a more “decorative”  and finished looking neckline.  Who knew a mistake could actually turn out to be a nice neckline feature ! The only other modification I made is split seams for the sides.

For my seam finishing, I did a combination of a mock French Seam and what is called a “clean finish” .  I am finding that finishing is very important when it comes to linen and linen blends.  It truly helps with fraying issues.

I also wanted to share my favorite tools for sewing …

From left to right:  
My favorite tool is the Dritz curved ruler. It has made a world of difference in cutting my necklines.  

What have you finished this week ?

Until next time, be creative!

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