Hello Everyone, I am so excited to participate in Selfish Sewing Week Spring 2015. Today I am sharing with you my new shirt made by me out of quilting cotton! You see I have never made myself any garments and have been intimidated by the thought. For 2 years I have listed one as a goal to complete a garment for myself, goal met! Hoot hoot! Years ago, I tried to make a shirt and ended up throwing it away half cutout. All the little markings confused me then.
But with a wee bit of help I actually sewed it up pretty easily
(patting myself on the back)!
Pattern: Bess Top
Designer: Imagine Gnats (Rachael Gander)
Get it Bess Top Printed Pattern (here) and Digital (here)
Fabric: Botanics design #14258, Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman (Quilting Cotton)
Aurifil Thread: #4093 (perfect match)
I love how Aurifil colors always match the designers fabrics.
They have a color for everything!
Cutting the pattern out, taping, and pinning it together, was quite simple. (Shock on my face)
This week was such a positive learning experience.
I enjoyed learning each step especially about making pockets!
Even with the excellent directions included with the pattern the Y seams were intimidating until I made the first one. I was surprised by the "ah ha moment" that came when the sleeve was done!
The hardest part for me was sewing my recycled (strips from Randy's old t-shirt) knits to the collar, armholes, and to hem the bottom of the shirt. It may not be the greatest job but it does work very well!
Especially when I was marathon pinning it all on and was almost through when I realized "oh crap", I had pinned it all to the wrong side. I was a little discouraged at that point and posted to Instagram to find out - it happens to other people too!
Just that made me feel so much better to know I wasn't the only one!
It is amazing what a little encouragement can do for all of us!
So here is me, at 50 years old (51 on the 29th) with a new "Passion" - Garment Sewing! Hey, that is the topic for Le Challenge #20 - Passion I will link up with those lovely ladies and tell them about my new passion in life! You are never to old to learn new tricks and garment sewing is really rewarding. Have you tried something new lately? Tell us about it!
My how I love pockets in my shirt! I will be sewing up a few more shirts for Summer and I am putting pockets in them all!
I think my stash might be in trouble!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Create and be unique,
Come see the posts at Le Challenge - the topic is Passion