Sewing Shirts

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14 Feb Floral Explosion and Giveaway Winner

Happy Valentine's Day, Dear Readers! My hometown of Spartanburg, SC has gone all out putting hearts on the lampposts and red dye in the fountain :) I finished my new shirt just in time for the big day. This lightweight cotton from Five Eighth Seams caught my eye with its floral explosion, and I was smitten after seeing the Monet quote printed along the selvage. ;) As I've mentioned before, I thought button down shirts were not for me until I returned to sewing and became dedicated to fitting myself. Now I love them. I cannot think of a single place where I can buy a...

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20 Feb Garment #5 – Undecided

"What are you making?" asked the dignified Mood Fabrics sales associate. "Pajamas." I replied. "Shame on you,"  he responded with a wink. The soft shirting fabric with subtle stripes seemed a perfect choice for a pair of men's style pajamas, but what did I know. I meditated on the comment for nearly two years before cutting the fabric and combining two patterns from my stash: Butterick's 5526 shirt pattern, view C , and Simplicity 7092 for the pajama pants. My friend who offers professional embroidery services made a beautiful  4 1/2" monogram for the pocket. Nearing the end of the shirt construction, I modeled for my...

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08 Feb The New Forty – Garment # 4

Dear Readers, Forgive my unexplained absence. I knew Mimi's  January 9th wedding would set me back a few days,  but around the time of the wedding my beloved father, Don Welch, became very ill and died on January 22. I lost my focus on sewing and hope you understand. Dad was too great of a man to be described in a few words, and though I owe so much to my wonderful father, I especially credit him with inspiring me to think outside of the box and to be an original. As life returns to a new normal, I decided to complete...

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03 Feb A Wearable Muslin – the Granville Shirt

While patience is a virtue, and a quality I attempt to pursue, I would not consider it  to be my best attribute. Many sewists truly enjoy using the PDF patterns. I too love the instant gratification of downloading a pattern, but assembling 30-page patterns is an event in and of itself. I wanted Sewaholic's Granville Shirt  enough to download the pattern late one evening. Online access to sewing patterns is certainly advantageous, especially for re-printing purposes, but printing and assembling a pattern adds additional responsibility and time. It takes patience for sure! After assembling and cutting my pattern, I chose to skip out on the muslin...

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14 Jan Supersize Me!

  Maybe it’s just me but on January 2, I was craving an oversized shirt to hide my holiday indulgences…. and when I’m in an unattractive state of mind, the  fabric I like to turn to is silk. This Famous Designer Black and Off-White Animal Print Crepe de Chine was the perfect antidote for my post holiday doldrums.  I feel better already! My pattern of choice was Simplicity 2447, but it wasn’t just oversized, it was supersized!  Before cutting into the silk I made a full muslin which required one alteration after another. The photo below shows the muslin after the excess is pinned out...

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21 Sep Butterick 5526

It was time to make a shirt – not a top, not a tunic but a shirt. My Pattern Review friends are making shirts by the dozens while I’ve been acting as the cheerleader. While I’ve always appreciated the flexibility found in sewing my clothes, the precision of shirt-making kept my happy observer status in tact. From my large collection of unmade shirt patterns, I selected Butterick 5526. View D offered princess seams giving me a more controlled fit. After sewing the bodice pieces together of my new off white shirt, it hit me………… precision need not be so rigid. In other words, lighten up! Using...

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