Why seams should be finished properly

IMGP4556_modifiedHello!

So last fall I made this flanell shirt for myself.  I really liked it, although it has its imperfections. Due to the excitement to start wearing it, I decided to take a short cut and only finish the seams with pinking shears. I had read all over the internet that this method is sometimes enough and was happy to try it on my shirt to not have to get my overlocker, thread it and test before I could finish my seams properly. What a time saver, right?

 

 

I wore the shirt a lot until inevitably I had to wash it.  So as I do with all my hand made clothes, I poped it in the washing machine and washed it on the DELICATE program, just in case.  When I took it out if saw to my horror that when working with soft flanells it is certainly not enough to finish the seams with pinking shears only.  It was tragic to look at and I was so upset that I hung the shirt in my closet and have not touched it since.  However, all winter I was thinking: “My flanell shirt would look very nice with this outfit” or “If only I had a cozy shirt to wear with these jeans” and then remembering what had happened.

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The inside after washing. Oh the horror!

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The seam on the outside is coming apart!

So today I decided to fix it, FINALLY!!  And it only took ten minutes!  Now I can wear my shirt again without being afraid it will fall to pieces. Lesson learned!

Beautiful overlocked seam

Beautiful overlocked seam

Cozy Flannel Shirt

I have wanted to make this shirt since I saw it in the Ottobre magazine last autumn.

IMGP4585_modifiedLately there have been lots of shirts popping up on the sewing blogs, many Tylers from Named and also Archers from Grainline Studio and that made me look even more often at the pattern I had at hand.  The other day when I was at my fabric store I saw this checked flannel in soft creamy colors with a beautiful burgundy. I touched it and fell in love.  It was so super soft and dreamy, exactly like I imagined for the perfect autumn/winter shirt.IMGP4595_modified  I didn’t buy the fabric in this trip but kept thinking about it so a few days later I went back to the store.  I didn’t find the bolt at first and got a bit anxious that my dreamy fabric was all gone but in the end I found it and bought the whole thing.  There was only a meter and half left which was just enough for the shirt.  When I came home I washed the fabric (as I always do) and hung it in the bathroom to dry.  When my husband came home and saw it in the bathroom, he asked if I was gonna make some dishcloths for the kitchen…IMGP4593_modifiedAnyhow, I made the shirt and I happy with it.  It is just like I wanted it to be.  I did my best to match up all the plaids and it looks right I think.  The collar and collar stand are definitely not perfect. Somehow the under collar became the upper collar (oops) and the collar stand does not match perfectly in the front.  I shortened the sleeves by 3cm but I think that 5 cm would be better. I also shortened the bodice by 5 cm, which I think is a fine length.IMGP4597_modifiedAlso I made a mistake with the cuffs, they are both the same (i.e  not mirror images of each other) meaning that on one side the buttons and buttonholes should change place. I blame this on me being in to much of a hurry to check twice.  I guess you don’t notice unless you are really looking and thinking about shirt construction.  I noticed this too late to have the patient to fix it.   I could also blame the instructions in the magazine a little, they are very brief, not as brief as Burda but still very brief.  IMGP4599_modifiedI think the shirt looks really good with skinny jeans trousers and I also like it with my freshly made  mini skirt.IMGP4556_modifiedAnd I guess I’ll have to make another one of these shirts soon to remind myself of the mistakes I made and to improve my shirt making skills. They can only get better 🙂

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Fabrics

I know it has been a bit quite here for the last week or so.  I got caught up preparing a presentation for a seminar at uni.  Since then I’ve been sewing a lot but haven’t had the opportunity to take any photos yet.  It gets dark really early now after we reset the clock two weeks ago.  So I should have used the weekend to take some photos of my projects but I really wasn’t in the mood. Also, I spent most of my free time sewing a shirt which only needs buttons and buttonholes now.

Last weekend there was a fabric market downtown.  It comes here every 2-3 months and it is HUGE!  The first time I saw it I thought I was in heaven.  It has all kinds of fabrics in every color, pattern, fiber, thickness and the notions, WOW! Everything you could dream of, it’s there.  The market is always packed with people (ok mostly women) with huge shopping bags (home made) or pulling shopping trolleys behind them which they fill with all the lovely fabrics.  It can be tricky to get around there and you have to be pretty determined, there is not much room to deliberate and the staff are so busy cutting fabrics for everyone it may take a while to get what you want.

This time I wasn’t feeling motivated enough and I wasn’t in the mood to push around.  I only got two things, navy and white polka dot cotton jersey and black and white polka dot silk.  I am excited about the silk since I’ve never really made anything with silk before.  Although I may just become a lining for a skirt or a nighty I am looking forward to working with it.

These past few weeks I have often been to my local fabric shop and looked at their discount rack.  They always keep this rack outside with leftover fabric (0.5-2 meters) which they sell with 50% off.  I have gotten good deals there.  Last time I went I found the perfect wool blend to make a skirt I’ve had on my mind for a few weeks.  I talked about it in a previous post and since then I have not gotten it of my mind. So I guess this skirt is next on my sewing list. And I may just give it a silk lining, how luxurious would that be?1181895