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Oct 31, 2014

Getting Started on my Orchid Flannel Project + New Patterns!



Question: Is there really any difference between lilac, orchid, and lavender?  If so, what is it?

I started cutting into my organic flannel today and made decent progress on my project.  Can you guess what I'm sewing?







If you guessed evening gown, you'd be wrong.  It's going to be a mens shirt.  I hope to finish it over the weekend and then it's back to vinyl python.



This is the heaviest flannel I've ever sewn with, very similar to chamois, maybe identical.  I'm sewing this on my vintage Singer 201, and so far, so good.



Notice how well the thread matches the fabric.  We were instructed at FIT to buy thread that's one shade darker than the fabric color we want to match because it shows up lighter when you use it.   I wish I had known that when I started sewing shirts; in retrospect, my thread was often too light.



Meanwhile, I have received three new patterns in the mail!







I think I'll be making that Daisy Kingdom "wind shirt" (the first of the three) out of this coated fabric I picked up during the week -- we'll see.





And that's it.  Lots of sewing in the days ahead.

Happy Halloween, everybody!

23 comments:

  1. I really like the Daisy Kingdom shirt. The fabric would really give it a different look.

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  2. I really like your flannel shirt project. Your shirt making skills are outstanding. lilac, lavender, orchid are the same to me. ;-) Looking forward to seeing the finished python project. Keep up the good work and have a great weekend.

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  3. Easy. I know my purples. Orchid is closer to a pink than others. Lilac is in the middle and lavander has the blue in it. I definitely suggest a course in color, matching blending and coordinating.

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  4. I like how the bathing suit/underwear pattern has fanny fabrics stamped on it. irony? orchid & lilac are moods. Lavender is a lifestyle. Shirt will be another splendid MPB make.

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  5. Happy Halloween Everyone!

    I am always impressed with your perfect stitching. How do you manage to get your top stitching so perfect?

    Soon you will have to do custom shirts for people. I bet you would do very well at it.

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    1. I credit my vintage Singer straight stitchers -- and practice!

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    2. Stitch slow, and then you GLOW ?

      I still have to learn how top stop stitch with speed, I do that on a 15-91 on a not flat felled seam on jean.. more so .. wrong sides together serger'ed .. pressed, rolled under the direction to the back of the pants, then i use a blind hem foot on my 15-90/91, put the edge of the guide next to the seam and then i can buzz it thru .. then repeat with the blind hem foot at its max hem setting .. then do the parallel top stitching seam .. so i guess you can say .. i cheat for the sake of speed. ...

      I really admire your precision top stitching. I have done the stitching i see in your pics but without a guide .. its almost a stitch by stitch experience for me.

      jetsetsewing said: your petroleum product jack ... think CHANEL, keep it simple, get rid of the ribbing .. it will only make it look like a hot mess. simple waist band collar, cuffs and you will be total reversible

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  6. Flannel shirts are so comfy and cozy. I love them! I agree your topstitching is beautiful!

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  7. I just finished my bomber jacket from a kwik sew pattern from 1992. It looks a lot like the one you show. I bought the fabric during MPB weekend: wool cashmere and mink blend. I'll e mail a photo. Happy outerwear sewing!
    Mt

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  8. Am I the only one who thinks it is hilarious that the last pattern is stamped "Fanny's Fabrics LTD" ?

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  9. I made a black flannel shirt for my husband, exactly like this. He wore it till the fuzz wore off everywhere. It was a favourite of both of us.

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  10. It's nice that you give your superb topstitching credit to your vintage Singer as well as practice, but I'm sure it's mostly practice and your skill. As for the color, had you only made violet, Cathy would have been getting a new flannel evening gown as a selfless gift from you: "The color violet inspires unconditional and selfless love, devoid of ego, encouraging sensitivity and compassion." I guess she'll have to wait for another day! :)

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  11. Mmmmmm!!!!

    2224 "B", in that flannel! Few will know you're coordinating, and the privy one may demonstrate how appreciation pays dividends.

    Just sayin'...

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  12. Oh my God, a windshirt! They were popular in skiing for about five seconds. What a blast from the past. There was always a lot of ski gear "innovation" back then because the ski stores only had a short season to sell new outdoorsy stuff to mostly non-athletic upmarket people. Nowadays people wear outdoor gear around town, so things have changed a lot.

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  13. Peter, you should do a retrospective of menswear patterns with unintentionally (or subliminally) gay artwork. There are tons of howlers.

    That Kwik Sew 939 is great. Velour is so underrated. But to your current project: I would consider that a definite lilac, though a saturated one. Beautiful progress thus far.

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  14. I'm VERY jealous of your sleeve placket! I'm stuck right there making a shirt/jacket for my son. Embarrassed to tell how long.

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  15. So who will be modelling 2224 - you, or Michael ... or Cathy?

    Spud.

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  16. I have to comment also on your beautiful stitching! I know that the 201 is considered the "Rolls Royce" of the Singer straight stitchers. I hope to own one at some point in time...... I also know that the prices are right up there with the Featherweights.

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  17. Beautiful fabric! It looks so cozy. Just what I have been longing for.

    I must also admire your perfect stitching. Practice only gets you so far; you must have very steady hands as well, and good concentration.. My mind tends to wander, as does my fabric.

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  18. Ooohh! Pretty purple . . . with some incredible top-stitching. It almost makes me want to make myself a button-down shirt (almost, but not quite!).

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