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 long shirt that fits in the shoulders, back and arms. Last year I sewed three shirts in a row with three different patterns. Vogue 8689 was one of the three and I liked it enough to sew it again.
The first one I made is here.
While sewing shirts is not the easiest sew, I enjoy making them. This 13-piece princess pattern provides opportunity galore for a great fit with minimal fuss.
All bodice and shoulder seams are finished with flat fell seams which give the blouse additional structure and a beautifully finished appearance with the topstitched seams – which sadly you cannot see in this busy fabric…….!
One of the techniques I have sought to perfect over the years is the narrow hem used in this pattern. I learned this technique from Leisa Stanton and it is one that Susan Khalje uses for finishing single edge ruffles.
Stitch 3/8″ from edge.
Press, fold and stitch along line.
Trim close to stitching.
Turn and stitch close to edge.
The finished hem will be very narrow and free of bulk. Two rows of stitching will appear on the back (pictured below), and one on the front.
I’m wearing the shirt with my Pink Jalie jeans sewn last year.
Congratulations to Amy Mayer winner of A Sewist’s Swatch Book! Please email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 17 or a new winner will be selected.
Many thanks to Beth Byrge for the giveaway and Best Wishes to all for a lovely Valentine’s Day!!