My work decided to adopt an angel from the nursing home. My coworker asked me if I wanted to work with her to convert a pull-over sweatshirt to a button-up because our lady asked for a button-up sweater.
I agreed to slit the sweatshirt up the middle of the front and attach ribbons. I was nervous. Sewing for others means no mistakes and everything should be tidy. I did my best. I even bought fabric glue to help the ribbon stay in place. It did not work, but the front of the shirt still looks good. The inside is less tidy. My coworker, who will put on the buttons and button-holes said something about serging. I hope when she brings the shirt back to add to the gift bag, I can get a picture of our joint project.
Sewing for others is hard. Working on a project with someone else is worse. Hopefully, the final product will be to the nursing home woman's liking. It would be sad to request something and then receive an item you dislike but can't exchange because it is homemade.
I sewed that t-shirt together in no time. I cut it from a too large t-shirt and was able to use the original hems for the sleeves and bodice hem. It is the finishing that takes me forever and it isn't even interesting because by then, the garment is made.
When I tried this on, it was rather bland and at an awkward length. I didn't feel like shortening it right then, so into the drawer it went! I did wear it this week for NoRepeat November and like the look, but suspect I will end up shortening this to a more versatile length. Still, it's very comfortable, thickish 100% cotton and I look forward to one day having a long enough length of fabric to make a t-shirt dress. Until then, I shortened the pattern so I won't forget next time I want to make a similar shirt.
October flew away. I don't think I did any sewing except hemming two or three pairs of pants. This week, I cut out a t-shirt from a new pattern I want to try. We'll see when I get a chance to sew it up.
In the meantime, I'm keeping my creative side active participating in Imogen's NoRepeat November
. My outfits can be seen here
, often featuring at least one self-made piece.
I cut down another XL t-shirt to make one to fit me. I used the original neck binding and hem to finish my resized and reshaped ones and cut the sleeves so that the original hem was already in place. Because I used the original neck binding, the neckline is a little floppy, but not as bad on me as on the dress form.
Because I wanted the pocket to be in the expected place, I couldn't cut the front as one piece. Turns out, I like the little extra the center seam gives. I cut this as long as possible to give me an idea of what would happen to the shape if I added another foot to the length and made a t-shirt dress.
Even though I cut the sleeves from the same pattern and have sewn this sleeve many times, somehow, one is slightly longer than the other. As I am most often either in motion or positioned so that it would be difficult to compare one half of me to the other, I see no reason to reset the sleeves.
I need more t-shirts that can double for either sweaty work or to layer for a nicer look, so I'm happy to get this one completed.
I still had fabric from this skirt
, and I've been thinking about making a woven pull-over style shirt I can wear to work. I love the geometric pattern on this fabric and the combination of greys and silver appeals to me. I took the same pattern I used for this shirt
and, with a bit of ignoring grain lines so that I could use the original hem from the skirt, made this blouse that I love. I lowered the armhole one-half inch from the original pattern, shortened the sleeves, and brought the waist in a total of two inches. I may have done something different with shape of the neckline, too. I cannot say how pleased I am with the result!Because my primary goal was to use the original hem for the bodice and sleeve hems, I didn't worry about pattern matching. I'm not even certain I have the skills to match patterns. Besides which, I decided to make this in my last free day before I went to a professional conference. Packing, printing directions, making sure you don't leave your money behind? Nope! That doesn't matter; I need a new shirt! I think by comparing the blue shirt made out of polyester sheets with this shirt
made out of silky polyester, it is very obvious how fabric can make all the difference to how a finished piece looks. Now that I feel comfortable that the kinks have been worked out of this pattern, I am willing to invest in some beautiful, natural-fiber fabric.
I now have a woven shirt and a knit shirt pattern that I feel confident will produce satisfactory results. I started teaching myself pattern making in 2010, so it's been a long time with many frustrations and set-backs, but now it feels good to see success.
I had to emergency order some things from Amazon and in order to qualify for free shipping, added these items from my sewing wish list.
- Fitting Book
- Tracing Paper
- Bias Tape Maker
I've fussed with my pattern some more and used more of my sheets and came up with a better button-up. The primary change is lowering the arm hole by one-half of an inch.
I didn't want to risk button holes after my last attempt failed so miserably, so I sewed on snaps and put buttons on the outside for looks. Oh, and I forgot to add overlap for the front closure, so there is only one-quarter inch overlap. That is easy to fix. Not sure what I'll do about button-holes on a "real" shirt. No way am I stitching all those by hand!
I also need to stop being lazy and learn to make some kind of collar and cuffs. Maybe. I like not having a collar so that I can wear scarves with a blazer and not have too much going on with the neckline. Then again, sometimes I want a traditional button-up shirt. So many desires, so little time...
While on vacation, my grandmother gave me yards of this green gingham fabric. When I put a match to a test piece, it curled up and melted like plastic. The pattern is not to my taste and even after washing, the fabric is rough. Still, fabric is too dear to pass up free material.
I had an old bag I made that didn't work out quite the way I envisioned. I took the fabric from that and some of the gingham fabric, and made this new tote, using a library tote bag as a guide for sizing.
This is the first time I tried to bind the seams. It wasn't as difficult as I anticipated, but the gingham cannot be pressed to hold a crease (maybe it can, but I didn't want to melt it with too high heat), so things aren't as neat as I would like. Still, better a useful bag than fabric sitting in the bin!
There is a layer of thin white felt between the outside layers, so as long as the stitching holds up, and each seam is sewn at least three times, this bag can hold a bit of weight. The bag is reversible and has two pockets on one side of the gingham and one pocket on the other side.
I took a pattern I drafted, made some adjustments based on new knowledge, and cut this this t-shirt out of an XL shirt. I almost left it plain, partly because I am drawn to plain t-shirts and partly because I didn't want to "waste" lace on fabric that is already starting to wear thin. Then I decided the stretch lace wasn't doing me any good sitting on the shelve, waiting for nice fabric that may never come, so I added a bit and am quite pleased with the result.
I used the hems from the original shirt for the sleeve and body hems. I usually cut my t-shirts a few inches longer, but the original shirt disallowed that option. The sleeves came out the perfect length for a cool-weather t-shirt. I still have trouble getting the neckline finish to lie flat, but all in all, I'm happy with my new creation.
I didn't do as much sewing on my vacation as I anticipated. Mostly, I hemmed pants, but I did get a few fun things accomplished.
For the chair, I unscrewed seat, cut out the back of the velvet shirt, wrapped the shirt tightly, duct-taped (lacking a staple gun) the fabric in place, and attached the seat again. I like the "upholstery" better with the change.