I am super happy to announce: I sewed my very first shirt ever on a sewing machine last night!!!! WOOOT WOOOT!
And it totally almost worked out! It’s amazing! I used a Simplicity “New Look” pattern I got somewhere. Thinking a friend brought it to me from a free pile or a yard sale. It wasn’t totally complete, the instructions were gone, but the pattern bits were all still there and it proclaimed it would be EASY! (the pattern is labelled: BIN 33 6569 just in case you wanted to know)
“Well”, I thought, “I can just wing the rest!” and I did. I looked at the picture and went for it. First time using bias tape around the edges, first time using knit jersey, first time using a paper pattern for something actually sewn (have used paper patterns for knitted stuff before). I knew how to cut the pieces out and how to use the cut arrows to match the pieces up, but the “gathering” in the front there was nowhere explained. I winged it… I am not sure if I am too crazy about the ruffled part at all… I might leave it off the next one and see how I like that.
I have to admit: I was sweating it a bit. But I got this knit Jersey fabric for 50% off and another 10% off, because it had a flaw. So for a whopping $3.25 I got 1 1/3 yards of fabric on Sunday. I got it with the express thought of ruining it. I learned how to spin the same way! I got a pound of the cheapest roving I could find and went for it. Fully intending to ruin every last ounce of it! It worked out in the end! I didn’t ruin the whole pound!
Same here with this shirt! It might not be perfect, but I learned a lot doing it and making these mistakes and I had fun along the way! My husband was super proud of me and said he would take me out in that shirt. Aawwww, he loves me!.. I wouldn’t go out in it though… since the shirt sort of still SUCKS a bit much. Like I said: it was a practice piece!
What I have learned:
- Do not be scared! Just go for it! Remember: you can always start over, just like in knitting.
- Do not start with the bias tape in the front centre of the decollete! Start some place less obvious!
- Do not try to hurry knit jersey when sewing on the bias tape! It will “wave” and the jersey might not get caught in the tape and it will leave a hole.
- Go slow! Trying stuff on along the way as I did today makes sense and helps to wrap my mind around all the seams.
- I am not as hopeless a cause on the sewing machine as I thought!
- I have THE most wonderful and supportive family ever! (I knew that, but they reinforced my knowledge again today)
I am so psyched by the obvious almost success, that I am planning on saving up some money and buying some more knit jersey. This time “the good stuff”. It’s still 50% off, but instead of $5 it’s $12 a yard and will make a nicer shirt and not quite so see-through either! Then I will try again!
My family loves me lots. They are so super supportive, you would not believe it! My daughter saw it and said: Could you make me one like that? Only not in pink? What a compliment from a 16 year old!!!! My husband said: Oh now that you know how to sew shirts, could you make me this one? After you knit those “toe” socks though…” Yep! He wants me to make him a shirt. He has this underarmor shirt he loves to death, but it’s falling apart. I know how to make patterns from existing stuff, so I *think* I might be able to make him one. After I get a bit more practice in!
I am VERY proud of myself, for just jumping off the deep end finally! I have been dreading it and telling myself I can’t sew clothes for so many years! How silly of me! Now I will not only scour the thriftstores for yarn, but for more sheets to make clothes!
I WILL HAVE A HANDMADE WARDROBE ONE DAY!