The 6044 shirt is coming along. I sewed the pocket on with the help of my Simplicity sewing book.
A book like this comes in handy for a beginner like me. It shows various sewing techniques and also explains terms used in the pattern instructions I don't know. I picked this up at the thrift store. It is over thirty years old, but the techniques are still the same, plus it is fun to look at the fashions.
A pocket has a few steps to make it look proper. This book sure helped.
Wow! Looks like I have a pocket. Sleeves tomorrow.
Time for a slice of the lemon meringue pie I made today.
The material was ironed and laid out on my table. By the way, it is a folding camping table given to me by my friend Larry. It is a great size, and folds up easily when not in use. I pinned the pattern to the material and clipped it out. Since the pattern comes in three sizes, I traced the small size on tissue paper to cut out the material with, so I wouldn't cut the original pattern.
I sewed the fusing to the pieces called for in the instructions with my Brother XL2600I.
That is enough for today. More sewing tomorrow.
I was thinking of my next project already. For some reason I thought it would be fun to sew a new dress for my Jaime Sommers doll. Yes, I admit it. I like the Bionic Woman. I even met Lindsay Wagner this last summer. She was so sweet and gracious, and of course as beautiful as ever.
I purchased some patterns from Mccall.com on sale. I did not think I could beat the price, so I purchased several. The #6044 seems to fit what I want for my next project. I wanted to make the #4079, but I don't have enough fabric. I purchased some fabric marked three yards, but when I measured it there was a little over two yards.
I think this will make a very stylish shirt I can wear traveling, working, or for dinner out. Since I wear more short-sleeve than long, I will make a short-sleeve shirt. It is view "A" from the pattern.
Today with the sun shining and hints of Spring in the air, I am starting to think about my next project.
Could it be shorts, boxers, or maybe a wine-tasting shirt. The only restraint is what fabric catches my attention at the thrift store. As I mentioned before, for a beginner like me, the thrift store is the best place to buy fabric because of the inexpensive price. Plus, I live in a rural area and there are no fabric stores, only a big-box store that carries some fabric.
I do have some stretch-knit fabric left over from another project. I also have some gray pinstriped fabric that would make a great dressy type shirt for work or travel. The McCall's 4079 "three hour shirt" I have in my stash would be perfect for the gray pinstripe. Think that will be the one.
This one might be a little easier than my first shirt with collar. That was a McCalls. # 2149.
The 2149 turned out fine I think. The only thing I adjusted was the starting point of the buttons. As you can see, my preference is for less opening than the pattern called for.
I call this place Thin Man Sewing, because I am 6 foot two inches tall, and 145 pounds.
I started sewing in December 2011 when I received a Brother XL2600I sewing machine. I am self taught, except for the class I had when I was ten years old. Only a 34 year hiatus.
I am having a lot of fun reading, learning, and sewing. There are many web sites and blogs dedicated to sewing, but I thought one more wouldn't hurt. Some of my other hobbies might be thrown in from time to time.
My first projects were some mending and sewing a cover for my sewing machine. Then I started in on shirts.
My first t-shirt is from a pattern and material I found in a local thrift store. It is a Sew-Knit-N- Stretch #309, from 1970. I thought a t-shirt would be a great first clothing project since there are no collars, buttons, or zippers. It turned out good. It is made of stretch-knit fabric. The stretch-stitch setting on my Brother worked great for this. I then made two more of this pattern before moving on to a shirt with a collar.