A Zippy top present for a sewing friend

zippy top cover

Don’t you think one of the great things about sewing friends is that they really love receiving handmade gifts?

When I made my two zippy tops recently (here and here) my gorgeous friend Nicole commented on Facebook that her birthday was coming up soon – hint, hint!  The comment was in jest but I knew she would appreciate a lovely gift made just for her, so I thought why not?!

Nicole and I have been friends since uni days and she is a talented sewist and business woman.  With her two successful online handmade shops, Sugar Plum Tree and ThermoJacket and a mum of two adorable girls, this girl never stops!!

My third sew of this See Kate Sew pattern was super quick!  I decided to use a rolled hem on the arm and waist hems to avoid some fraying that I’ve experienced with the other zippy I made with a similar Japanese lawn.  I was planning to then press and hem it normally but was so impressed by how the rolled hem looked I realised I didn’t need to!

zippy top arm

 

zippy top hem

I also decided to add a little patch pocket to the front which I think helps to break up the busy pattern.  I really love how this looks and will definitely do this on the next one I make for myself.

zippy top pocket

I couldn’t help but take a pic of another beautifully understitched neckline (the same as I did in Zippy #2).  It’s seriously worth doing, trust me!

zippy top neckline

Another little trick I learned recently that I used (using this tutorial) was how to finish serged (overlocked) seams so the thread tails don’t hang out the end of the seam. I forgot to take a photo of the inside to show you (dammit!) but it definitely neatened it off nicely.

I’m thrilled Nicole loved her gift and I feel like I’m really getting my money’s worth out of this pattern!

I’d love to know… what’s the best sewing gift you’ve ever made or received?

Nat.

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like

  • SeamsOddLouise.Blogspot.com

    Your friend is very lucky as this blouse is beautiful. I have made a dress before for my niece and the biggest compliment is that she hardly ever takes it off!

    • Natalie @sewoutnumbered

      Oh I LOVE when that happens! Especially when it’s children because you know they’re always brutally honest – if they don’t like it, you’ll know about it haha!

  • Angela Kijauskas

    That is beautiful fabric and your friend is very lucky indeed.

    • Natalie

      Thanks Angela! She’s a lovely person and really deserves it!