Sorbetto Redux

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(Apologies in advance for the poor quality photos.  I was my own photog today.)

Presenting a more-or-less fixed Sorbetto.  First, many thanks to Terri and MaryKS for their comments on my last post.

Bias Tape Detail

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To summarize my fix:

  • After removing the bias tape, I stay stitched the neck.  This was easier to do this time around for two reasons.  First, I had already attached the front and back at the shoulders so there was no “end” to the fabric, which I think helped prevent my machine from “eating” it.  Secondly, I used a regular zipper foot of all things to do the stay stitch, which helped keep the fabric flat and prevented my machine from “eating” it (again, I think).
  • Next, I sewed on the bias tape, pulling it pretty taut in the process.  I think this was my biggest mistake from the previous attempt.  I definitely  had too much bias tape; I ended up cutting 1/2″-3/4″ off the end.  I actually re-sewed the bias tape twice as I attached the wrong side the first time…it’s like I was trying to mangle my fabric.
  • Once I had the neck done, the arms were not so bad.  I used the same method and pulled the bias tape to prevent gapping.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than before. I think the next time I need to use bias tape, I’m just going to buy some.  I’m not convinced it was worth all the trouble to make my own.

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Sorry it’s been so long, but here’s a shirt I made

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Apologies to the (probably only three) people who read my blog!  I know it’s been a long time since I last posted, but life gets in the way of crafting, knitting, sewing, etc.  My creativity has not actually been suppressed by stress or work or what not.  I’ve finished a few projects over my silent period but never got around to posting.  In any case, here’s a shirt I made!

My awesome mother-in-law  “traded” sewing machines with me, so now I have a sewing machine with a button-hole foot (along with several other features)!!  OMG.  I cannot believe I was doing button holes by hand.  My next project requires an invisible zipper, so I will test out the zipper foot next (also a foot I didn’t have with my previous machine).

Back to the project at hand.  The pattern is V8772, and you might remember this from a previous project and post.  I wasn’t particularly happy with the results of the polka dot shirt, so I decided to try again.  I cut out a size 6, because the size 8 in the polka dot shirt was pretty roomy.  I spent a long, long time carefully laying and cutting out the pattern to make sure the plaids matched.  Now that I kind of know what I’m doing, matching the pattern of a fabric is getting to be a pet peeve.

Something I’m pretty proud of: I used french seams, even on the armscye (photo in slide show)!  I probably didn’t use proper technique or whatever, but I’m really happy with the results.  The armscye is absolutely my biggest sewing challenge, so the fact that I even attempted french seaming, I think, deserves some note.

I’m almost done with my next project, though I ran into some snags that might take some time and ingenuity to address.  I hope it won’t take me another 4 months to post again!

The Polka Dots of Which Nightmares are Made

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So, here is by far the most difficult sewing project I’ve attempted to date.  I really thought the red shorts were going to give me a lot of grief, but not so much, so I had hope for a button-down.

Wrong.  So wrong.

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I have a hard time looking at fabric on the bolt and knowing what it’s going to look like cut up and sewn together.  The guy at the fabric store was incredibly nice, but totally talked me into the most difficult-to-manage rayon chiffon-like fabric. I think he really thought I had more sewing skill than I do, and I didn’t realize what I got myself into until I got home. Needless to say, this fabric sat for a while until I finally got the nerve to cut it up.

I know I’ve only been sewing for a few months, but there is no reason why this pattern (V8772) should be labeled “EASY.”  None.  Whatsoever.  I made so many mistakes, it’s difficult to name anything that went right the first time.  The darts, surprisingly, were not so bad, despite my fabric marker continually rubbing off this stupid fabric.  But then I sewed the shoulder seams on the wrong side (or should I say right side?), accidentally caught fabric when sewing the in-set sleeves, had to sew buttonholes and buttons WITHOUT a buttonhole foot or button foot for my sewing machine…I can’t even tell you how many seams I ripped out, which is that much more difficult with this delicate fabric.

When I finally finished the shirt…well, it was anticlimactic.  All I can see when I look at it are all of the little mistakes and things that aren’t quite right (even though I ripped it out and did it again).  I hand-washed the finished shirt (stupid fabric) and hung it to try with low spirits.

That brings us to today.  I wore the shirt today (and it’ll be a slow day at work, so not too many people will see me in it if I decide it’s a hot mess).  I took these photographs, and I have to say I’m beginning to like the shirt more and more.  Maybe my brain is just making me see it differently because it knows how much work it was, and frankly, how expensive this fabric was.

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What REALLY made my day was getting an email from Forever 21 (yeah…I know) with a link to this shirt (also to the right, in case Forever 21 takes down the link)!  Unfortunately, I think I paid more for the fabric than the cost of this shirt.  Let’s not think about that.

Granted, it’s not exactly the same, but not too different either…just let me have this moment, okay?