I am happy to report that I am nearly finished with my "Home Sewing Is Easy" shirt.
I attached the cuffs and collar today and tomorrow just have to add buttonholes, buttons, and then hem. A few of you commented on my "perfect" pattern placement. It's far from perfect but good enough for me. The layout of the design is intentionally collage-like, probably to make it easier to work with.
|Don't look too closely!|
Even though I started with three yards of this fabric, cutting an upside down sleeve meant I didn't have the freedom to pattern match perfectly.
I really enjoyed working with this fabric. I've never been a fan of sewing garments with quilting cotton, but there are a ton of cute designs out there. Michael happens to be HUGE crossword puzzle fan -- he's even published a few -- and I discovered that there's a really cute crossword puzzle quilting cotton available (from the company Timeless Treasures of Soho). Today I popped into The City Quilter to see if they carried it and walked out with three yards.
I think it will make a really cute shirt for Michael. A bit geeky, perhaps, but if the shoe fits...
I hope to get to this this later this month.
In closing, readers, do you ever make garments with quilting cotton? I usually don't. The last one I made was this sundress (modeled by actress Leah Curney), that was part of a BurdaStyle sew-along I led a few years ago.
The dress is pretty but I would never have made it from quilting cotton if the company that sponsored the sew-along hadn't supplied the fabric gratis. It's too heavy. For a casual novelty shirt, however, quilting cotton is an acceptable option.
And that's it. Much more sewing ahead this week -- and maybe a shirt reveal!
Have a great day, everybody!