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First Run of Men’s Workshirt

4 Apr

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Quick post to show that I finished the first muslin of Keith’s work shirt. The bunny fabric was a hit and everyone got a pretty good laugh at his work.

After wearing it for the day, Keith could tell me it’s pretty baggy in the arms and waist, but fits his chest and shoulders well. Luckily the arms were a good length! So I’ll be taking it down a size in the waist and sleeves, I might even experiment with taking out the pleats in the sleeve. I did not notice those when I got the pattern and I am really not a fan at all. We’ll see what I can do without feeling like I’m messing everything up. I will do another muslin before cutting into the Oxford,  but this time won’t do as much finishing. We’ll just get a better fit and go from there.

One awesome thing I finally figured out was automatic buttonholes! I knew my machine was capable, I just couldn’t figure out how to get the machine to go to the next step. Well, after experimenting and reading forum after forum trying to find someone with my machine, I finally figured out that pressing the quick reverse button at each step of the buttonhole will work beautifully. I also thought I didn’t have a buttonhole foot, because I didn’t have one with a slide. I actually do have a buttonhole foot, that has grooves on the bottom, which I thought was for sewing over cords. Anyway, I’m really excited to get that figured out.

Second pants muslin

18 Aug

Made my second pants muslin this morning. One thing positive: I did the zipper right! I looked online for a video tutorial and that helped immensely. So that made me happy!
What went wrong: The fit still. I made my pattern alterations, but because I’m not 100% with this new skill, working it on a different pattern didn’t work perfectly. I got the general idea, and I think I’m heading in that direction. I just think I bit off more than I could chew for this.
My solution: start on a brand new pants pattern. I’m thinking either Collette {which is where I’m getting the pattern manipulation info from} or the sewaholic pants{ which come highly recommended}.
I’m still excited to do this and to got it right!

In other news, my husband and I celebrated 4 years of marriage this week! I realized my wardrobe lacked bottoms fitting for such an occasion. I don’t have a classic skirt or pants that work for an evening out. I either have bridesmaids dresses or casual wear. So it seems I need to further asses my wardrobe and really get to learning. At the very least, thrift some clothes to sew into what I want.

What’s easier? Altering thrifted clothes, or starting from scratch?

Muslin: Pants

9 Aug

There are so many reasons to sew up a muslin before you venture into your real fabric and I am so excited that I took the advice of everyone ever and did exactly that. These are technically my first pair of pants, and they look like someone first sewn pair of pants. The Fly is wrong, the fit is way wrong and there are mistakes everywhere you look.

Things that went wrong:

  1. The mystery Easter fabric didn’t iron well, and even though I am scrapbusting and getting good use out of this fabric {tons of it} that I wouldn’t possibly be able to use up otherwise, I realized the importance of a true muslin, and being comfortable working with a fabric that you can blast the heat on an iron in order to find a fit that works well.
  2. The FLY! So the instructions I had for the fly were not perfect, I did my best to understand them, and thought I had, until I finished the pants and undid the baste seam to the fly and realized I was WAY off! So I found this video, and I am excited to do it right the next time.
  3. My waistband is wonky. Why? I didn’t have a grasp on how to work a waistband in with a fly. I should have looked at a pair of jeans before actually sewing them, and realized it overlaps!

Things that went right:

  1. They fit well around my hips, and legs.
  2. Pockets. The pattern I have didn’t have any example of an internal pocket, so I thought I would try the outer pocket on the front on the muslin to see if that would be flattering. It’s not, at all. So because I used this on the muslin, I now know I need to look up how to do a jean front pocket on the inside and do that instead.
  3. I learned what needs fixed. The waist, and front gap. Thanks to this pants fitting guide.

What’s next? Another muslin! I am going to adjust the pattern as suggested, learn, and practice some new techniques. {Fly, Pockets} re-cut a muslin and sew it up again. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Why did women want to wear pants again? Dress and skirts are so much easier!

How did your first muslin go?

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