Bright spots.

For Christmas, cuz I’m weird, I wanted fabric.  These are the beautiful pieces I got.  Couple are bamboo/cotton/spandex which is wonderfully springy, I’m discovering.  {Oh, and pardon the bad pixellation, this was on my lousy camera.}

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My most recent creation is made from the top right, that cheery gold foil cotton.  So here are all the puzzle pieces cut out and ready.  I have a newspaper roll-end {giant roll of blank paper – you can get them at a newspaper place for like $2} that I carefully traced the outline of the different pieces – front, back, sleeve – of a really well-fitting shirt of mine over there on the right…

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So, then it was just puzzle piecing it all together.  Using a reliably-fitting shirt of my own worked GREAT.  And with different fabrics the same pattern will look slightly different.  Like this tee.  Bit of a swing to it.  Kind of harks back to some Boden tees I’ve drooled over.  {Man I love that catalog.  What bright ideas!}  However, I learned that because of it’s 100% cotton nature, it doesn’t really swing quite like something more drapey would.  So, I may slim it down at some unforeseen date.

But.  I love the print. 

I cannot help but grin when I see it in me closet {I’m genetically 3% pirate}. 

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Another thing I learned is that I have not got the posture my grandmother tried to inspire in me so there is some sagging, or wrinkling on the body side by the arm seam. 

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That tiny picture kind of shows the vertical-ish pull down parts.  Maybe you can’t see it here, but when I wear it, this picture below shows the location of the wrinkling extra fabric. 

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Imagine that hanging on a more triangular hanger, instead of one so straight.  I’m a triangular hanger.

*Helpful hint:  use a tight zig zag to attach the collar.  About 5mm wide by 2mm long.  I have used the straight stitch in the past, but tried the zig zag on this tee and it makes it lay so much better – more like a store bought one.

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Anyway, back to the vertical pulling…  If I straighten my shoulders, it disappears.  So, with my next tee I’m going to try angling the trapezius part {above your collar bone, where you get a shoulder rub} of the pattern down a 1/2″ from neck to shoulder seam, and take the arm scye, or arm pit, down a 1/2″ to compensate.  Standby.  Here are a couple of close ups of the double needle assisted hemming. 

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Did you know you don’t actually need a special machine for a double needle?  You can just duct tape a little wooden dowel to the upper back right corner of your machine and slip a bobbin or spool on there.  Thank you, Ashley.  Another tip I learned from her, iron the heck out of all your seams and your finished product will look so much more professional. 

I was able to do this whole thing with just a regular sewing machine, but for Christmas I got a serger {thanks, Mom!}.  When I’m brave enough to thread that puppy, I’ll try making the next thing with a serger.

2 thoughts on “Bright spots.

  1. Pingback: Charcoal dots. | By The Ridge

  2. Who would have thought that ‘fabric’ would make the best Christmas present! Your sense of humor and ‘down-to-earth’ approach is refreshing!

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