Free Patterns & Tutorials

Friday, 14 August 2015

Vintage Scarf Tops & The Novice Serger


 OK, I know that an overlocker (serger) is not high on everyone's list of priorities, but I have wanted to get one for ages.  I am all about upcycling, especially vintage scarves, and knew that I could only achieve the finish I wanted on my upcycled scarf garments with an overlocker.  So a few weeks ago I bought a Juki overlocker.  This week I went for my free intro lesson at Sewing Machine World in Kings Lynn and learned how to do my holy grail of sewing - the rolled hem!  The above little bias cut top made from a vintage silk scarf is my second attempt at rolled hems & garment construction using my overlocker.  My first attempt went a bit wrong & ended up (unintentionally) grungy, slouchy & deconstructed :


I think I have just about rescued it though with some gathering at the front & a gorgeous vintage button.  I have learned that you need to think through the construction process carefully as not all the edges can be successfully rolled (overlocked) after the seams have been stitched!  You will see that my attempts at rolling the back neckline resulted in me cutting more & more from the neckline until the back really plunges:

... oh well, remember that grunge aesthetic?  But I was pleased to bits with how the armholes & hemline went "lettuce" frilled:

The second top was made from just one vintage scarf & is a bit smaller, but still fits my size 12 mannequin well, just a bit more of a cropped style.  This time I rolled the back neckline before sewing the seams.  I guess I won't be working in any clothing manufacturing companies any time soon, but still happy with my first attempts! xx