Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WIP Paralysis Overcome! Cropped Top

The nuno felt rectangle...folded in half and sewn, with opening.
 


The backfield in motion (obscure 60's soul song by Mel and Tim).
 


Uncovered silk ruffle.
 


My lovely dancing queen daughter (thanks, L!).
 


Quite some time ago, I made a piece of nuno felt (here)...

...which I intended to fashion into a skirt (somehow!).

I asked for (and got) advice from fellow felters, I hemmed and hawed...

...but, in the end, I couldn't ever really figure out a way to do it.

Inspiration struck recently in the form of Nicola Brown (Clasheen)...

...who shared with me an easy method for making a cropped top or poncho.

Fold a large, rectangular piece of felt in half, lengthwise...

...then, sewing from the open edge, sew a seam along one side...

...leaving a gap large enough for your head.

By choosing to hem the side which had raw silk still exposed...

...I provided a built-in ruffle for the front of the top!

With a mere 40 seconds of sewing...

...I'd transformed a moldering WIP into a beautiful, wearable garment!

Simply fabulous!!



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9 comments:

FeltersJourney said...

Gorgeous poncho Heather! Has your daughter has nabbed it? Mine would have :)
x

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah!
Since she attends college in another city, I must always remember to hide it while she's packing to go back to school!! Grin.

Kelly said...

OOh I like this! It just shows that simple is sooooo much better! Love the colors and the ruffle on the front is perfect!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kelly! It's funny, 'cause I really intended the wool side as the 'front' when I made it, but as soon as it was done, I realized that I liked the 'wrong' side, too.
...and lately, I've only been making nuno things with the silk side out.

Ruth said...

What a wonderful idea! And simple is almost always the best way to go in my mind.

GalaFilc said...

Beautiful scarf-poncho!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Galina!
I followed your example and recruited my child as a model!! :)

Pink Knitter said...

Absolutely gorgeous piece! It's wonderful that you can sew as well as felt. When I felt things that don't quite work, I'm stuck. Sewing for me without a pattern is impossible.

BTW, nice model:-)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Sherry! Truly, this was about as easy a sewing job as could be imagined, thanks to Nicola!