Every spring, Rae at Made by Rae hosts a Spring Top Sewalong. I’ve participated several times; it is always a great way to get motivated to sew for myself.
I used a ‘new to me’ technique for this top. I was inspired by the amazing work done by Alabama Chanin. I borrowed their technique of hand sewn reverse applique. The pattern I used was Ottobre 2/2007 #1.
First, I freehand drew a design on the natural coloured cotton lycra. Then, I basted it over another front cut from a black cotton lycra (don’t make my mistake, read on to find out why). I handstitched around my design, then gave it a quick wash to get rid of the marker and basting spray. Next, I carefully cut the designs out of just the top layer, allowing the lining to show through.
Overall I’m happy with the top. I rarely hand stitch, but I have to admit it was kind of fun. Plus, I got to watch a movie while I did it, which doesn’t happen at my machine! The biggest mistake was to use the basting spray. Contrary to the label, it didn’t wash out completely and left adhesive residue on the lining, which you can now see. Any tips on removing it?