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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pics to go with my last post!

First off, here is my new tee shirt.  I used Butterick 3344, which is now OOP.  I had it in my pattern stash, and this is my first time making it.

Pattern Description: Close-fitting knit top has neckline and sleeve variations and stitched hems.
Pattern Sizing: 6-8-10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for my design changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were, although I ended up using a different hemming method.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the fit. I think it is flattering. I dislike the length. I will lengthen the body by four or more inches next time. Maybe the shorter tops were the dominant style when this pattern was released (it is now OOP).
Fabric Used: Striped cotton blend knit from Gorgeous Fabrics
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No fitting alterations. I made a straight size 10. I made my own sleeve cut-off to make them 3/4 length. I also modified the neckline to make it more boatneck, and I ended up adding a band of fabric to the bottom to make it a bit longer. I also finished all the hems by hand because I wasn't happy with how straight machine stitches looked.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again and would recommend it to anyone out there. It is a flattering top that is drafted well. 
Conclusion: I'm very happy with this top. Just wish I had a coverstitch machine to get a professional-looking hem!

Here's the fabric I'm using to make some jammies for a gift.  The floral is cotton flannel, and the solid blue is some kind of poly satin.
Grrrr!  This is my little man's "Kitty" costume fabric.  We'll see how much of a challenge the faux fur is.  I also go lining material - just boring brown.
Here's the corduroy for the skirt I have planned.  The brown is for some accent - I'm thinking flat piping.
And here is my purty herringbone... sigh... I love you so much.


katherine h said...

Hello Jenny,

Before I got a coverstitch machine, I used the overcast stitches on my regular machine for hemming t-shirts. It takes a lot longer than a straight stitch but gives it a built in stretch, without all the bother of twin needles. I don't have a fancy machine, so I imagine many come with these stitches...I'm not sure what these stitches are supposed to be used for, I have never heard of anybody else doing this, but it worked for me. good luck with the bub on the way!

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