Monday, January 23, 2017

Plaid Compulsion

The plaid keeps coming.  Maybe I am a little compulsive.  It seems like I get on a kick and keep going.  For example, I worked on jackets for over a year.  I made several with varying degrees of wear worthiness.

I started on the jacket kick because I wanted a lightweight jacket to wear to Gala night on a Cruise.

The plaid kick started because I saw some beautiful plaid flannel at Joann's.  I purchased enough for a shirt, but I have been trying different patterns with Joann's snuggle flannel.  It is so much less expensive than the real stuff.  Once I find the right pattern, I will make a shirt with the real flannel.  I think I might have a winner with Simplicity 2741.
Simplicitiy 2741
The first two shirts were Simplicity 1544 and McCall 6932  I did not like the collar size of Simplicity 1544.  The notched collar of McCall 6932 is nice and casual, but I like a shirt with a collar stand.

I made size small, with no adjustments for length.  Usually my 6' 2" self needs a longer shirt. But since this is more like a muslin, I did not make any adjustments.

Snowed in

Yoke on bias

Continuous lap sleeve plackets

Nice length

Pocket on bias

I am surprised by the fit.  The only thing I will adjust is the arm length.  An inch should do it.

I am happy with sewing the yoke and the pocket on the bias.  Looks good and is easy not trying to line up plaids.

Also, this shirt pattern has a continuous lap instead of the tower placket on the sleeves.  I like the way they look.

I used my Singer CE150 for this shirt also.  This machine has a good stitch and power.  As I mentioned in my last blog, the buttonholes are balanced and look nice without any adjustments.

Now it is time to make my blue plaid shirt.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More Plaid in my Future

I have been working with my new sewing machine and the Simplicity 1544 plaid shirt.  As I blogged about last time, I was not happy with the way the shirt was looking.

Actually, the shirt turned out OK, except for the collar.  I think the collar is too small.   I was originally making this shirt for Joe, but I didn't feel it was nice enough, so I have been wearing it around the house.  It is soft and comfortable and fits me perfectly even though it is a size 40 with no adjustments.


My new Singer Future CE 150 did a great job on the buttonholes. I used the default settings, which is rare with an automatic buttonhole.  Usually at least the stitch length has to be adjusted.


I purchased this machine because it was a great price and I wanted to try it since I didn't have a Singer embroidery  machine.

The embroidery by this machine is beautiful.  I think it is better than my Janome and my Brother.

However, I wouldn't recommend this machine because it needs a computer operating Windows 7 with 32 bit processor.  Most machines the last few years have Windows 10 with a 64 bit processor.  I suppose Singer was liquidating these machines because they were outdated.

I decided to try a different patterrn using McCall 6932.  I had just enough material to make a short sleeve shirt.


I like the 6932.  It is casual with a notched collar.

I am now on a plaid kick.  Another plaid shirt is being made with Simplicity 2741.

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