I couldn’t resist. Couldn’t resist those ruffles, even though they took some time and care. Look how cute they are!
This is the second item I’ve sewn from Tilly And The Button’s Stretch!. Such a sweet pattern. I used a lovely soft striped jersey from TMOS – he has loads of jerseys in right now, so it’s worth paying him a visit.
A few tips for the Freya top:
1. I found it useful to drape jersey over a tailor’s ham when pinning the ruffle into place. Anything that echoes the curves of a human body is good at such times. Even so, my placement wasn’t all it could have been and I had to restitch a section. Accuracy is definitely needed.
2. If this is your first time attaching a ruffle to the Freya top, I wouldn’t advise working with a solid colour – no matter how tempting the lovely mustard dress in Tilly’s book. You’ll want a nice, disguising print as you learn your technique.
3. I trimmed 1cm from each sleeve side seam to make the sleeves a little snugger against my arms.
4. Tilly provides a guide to measuring and cutting the length for your ruffle strip. Ignore it. Just cut yourself a really, really long section of fabric and work with that. (I sewed three strips together to be certain of enough.) Why? If you don’t make your ruffles to exactly the same 2cm depth as Tilly’s, there shall be variance. My original strip came out too short, which was … annoying.
5. When attaching the ruffle, sew in the same direction as the folds.
6. A dressmaker’s dummy comes in useful when you’re pinning a ribbon guide for the ruffle attachment.
What I love about sewing is that it makes you question your preconceptions. I would never have shop-bought a roll neck top, convinced that I don’t need a neckline so close to my round face. But this kind of works!
What is it about sewing that allows me to take risks?
Sewing is more think-ey.
I’d dismiss a rack of clothes in a shop in 0.5 seconds. Mind closed. No, not for me. But with sewing, I’m forced to think a bit more. Consider. Doubt my preconceptions. Throw caution to the wind. It’s only fabric, after all.
And what lovely fabric this is.