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LetterGhost
« on: January 13, 2008 05:46:21 PM »

Hello all! I started sewing in October and I finally made some shirts from scratch! I got a little too ambitious for my skill level, but they turned out pretty well and I'm definitely learning a lot with each project.

I started out using the Burda style pattern for a basic long sleeve top, but modified to make it longer like a tunic, and to add the hood. You can see how at first I made the sleeves way too short (I used the smallest size of the pattern, but I'm sort of tall and have long limbs), but actually I really like the cuffs anyway.




I made this stretchy pencil skirt also from scratch. Don't know whatever possessed me to try something like this for my first skirt! I wanted it to have frayed edges, but of course it didn't fray in the wash as it's stretch fabric (  ::)I know, so dumb, but I'm learning!) so I trimmed the edges with pinking shears instead. I quite like the effect.

Um, houndstooth and plaid match, right? Right. Grin


At finally, I decided I needed a nice black top to wear with the skirt, so I made this. Again, too ambitious for my level right now, but I figured a lot of things out along the way! Like that ruffles take up a lot of fabric.

I'm so proud of the turtleneck part! It was supposed to be more of a cowl neck, but the fabric is kind of thick.

I need opinions on this top--the puffy sleeves, stay or go? I like them, but my roommate gave them a raised eyebrow and a comment about Anne of Green Gables. She then admitted that she's not fond of puffy sleeves in general, but maybe she was just trying not to be too critical. The sleeves are just basted on at this point, so I could fix them without too much trouble. What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008 05:58:55 PM »

I LOOOOVE the poofy sleeves. I don't think they look Anne Of Green Gable-y at all. I think they look cool.

Also, I have been wondering about that first Burda pattern for a while now. I've never made anything from scratch, and I'm just wondering how hard/easy it was for you? I DO know how to sew (basically), I just haven't made things from scratch yet... Yours looks really good, and your fabrics are awesome.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008 06:11:46 PM »

I love the poofy shoulders. They should definitely stay.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008 06:16:22 PM »

Thanks! I was kind of hoping you guys would back me up on the sleeves. I don't think they look like Anne's sleeves either--her puffy sleeves are waaay puffier.

My opinions on the Burda pattern? Well, I've avoided doing the collar and interfacing part so far, and the sleeves were about 4-5 inches too short for me, as i mentioned... but otherwise I find it extremely useful to have a basic shirt template on hand. The first shirt I did, the hooded one, was pretty easy-- it felt like it was coming together by magic! Although I haven't got my twin needle working yet so I used a stretch stitch on the hems instead, but it looks fine. Actually, the hardest part of the whole thing was piecing together the pattern with my roommate's cat pouncing all over it. I say go for it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008 06:23:29 PM »

I also love the puffy sleeves.
I think they make the top look very vintage.

I also love that pencil skirt! It's so dang cute!
Great job on all the projects!
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2008 07:12:45 PM »

Oh my god that skirt is amazing! Plaid and houndstooth totally match! The muted colors + the patterns of the fabrics + the chevrons are so elegant.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2008 07:36:49 PM »

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Um, houndstooth and plaid match, right? Right. Grin

heck yes!!!   i love it!
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2008 08:02:04 PM »

I love the sleeves.  I was saying to a friend the other day that I didn't begin to appreciate small details like that until I started crafting.  I think they're beautiful.  Plus, Anne of Green Gables is freaking rad!
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2008 08:48:31 PM »

Great job!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2008 06:53:58 AM »

I always check out your stuff and I have to say I can't believe you haven't been sewing your whole life.  I love the skirt!  Both shirts are great.  The puffy sleeves are not too much at all.  It's a small enough puff to not make you look like your trying to be 5.  Great job.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2008 07:40:43 AM »

I love the things you made!
I'm a starter in sewing as well, but my sewing machine is allways complaining and I can't get it to work the way I want it.
Or maybe it's just me  Tongue (no, the machine is *** as well..)
They are fabulous! Unbelievable that this are your first things from scratch!
I want to buy a new sewing machine  Grin
I really like the puffy sleeves, but that is what I like. What do YOU like?  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2008 09:04:15 AM »

nice job! i really like the skirt in particular.
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2008 09:11:48 AM »

the puffy sleeve is nice! nice work Wink
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2008 10:45:18 AM »

I love them all!
Definitely keep the puff sleeves.  They're perfect.
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2008 12:45:27 PM »

I like the puffy sleeves, I think they go with the shirt, besides it looks good on you.
I like the skirt a lot. A lot a lot.
It was from scratch? Dang good job.
Any hints with the skirt?
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2008 01:21:52 PM »

I am certainly not fond of puffy sleeves in general but in all honesty, these are nice. They look well thought out and well constructed.

I love the first hoodie and the colors of the skirt are gorgeous! You do lovely work and the puffy sleeves are fine. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2008 02:08:18 PM »

Oh man, that black shirt is the best.
Leave it!
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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2008 02:28:25 PM »

I like all of them, but most of all, I like the skirt best. It's very cool, and I don't think it matters if the patterns don't "match" exactly; they're similar in style and color, so it makes a statement overall. Both of your shirts are very unique, and yes, ambitious, but it's good to challenge yourself and learn. Great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2008 03:20:42 PM »

I love the skirt. And the turtleneck. And the everything.
All the little details are neat.
Cuuute.
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2008 03:24:06 PM »

Ahhh I love them all! The skirt is especially rad. And in my opinion, the puffy sleeves are awesome, so I think you should keep them! I also noticed that you have this cool bunching around the turtleneck part... very nice effect.  Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2008 05:44:10 PM »

I've got to say great work, and keep the puffy sleeves Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2008 06:04:33 PM »

all three of them look so cute!!
First one: love the color & fabric, and definitely love the cuffs and the hood.
Second one: I just love the color and design of that skirt and how comfy it looks.
Third one: small puffy shoulder is a must right now. It's just so damn cute!

great job! keep up the good work!
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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2008 06:24:36 PM »

You are crazy talented! Just started sewing in October? I love everything you have made, including the puffy sleeves.  You have just inspired me to make some new shirts!
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2008 06:37:15 PM »

You are incredible. I can't believe you haven't been sewing fo lyf.
It's AMAZING.
EVERYTHING.
Especially that black shirt.
Everything is super super flattering on you.
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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2008 07:02:18 PM »

Eek! Keep the puffy sleeves. They definitely enhance the shirt Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2008 07:03:22 PM »

I love the skirt!
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« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2008 09:05:37 PM »

I totally love that skirt!  i so want your fabrics!
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« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2008 09:35:59 PM »

I love the poofs!  Keep em Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2008 09:16:36 AM »

that first top is just beautiful.
actually, all 3 items are gorgeous. and i think the poofey sleeves should definitely stay.
now, back to the first top - may i ask where the material is from? you got the fit PERFECT, it looks smashing on you. well done!
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« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2008 02:21:43 PM »

I'm lovin' that skirt!  And about the sleaves they are gorgeous, not at all like Anne's(I hated hers, thought they looked terrible), I only wish I copuld get up the courage to try sleeves like that(actually the courage to try sleeves at all Cheesy)
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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2008 09:05:34 PM »

That skirt is great! I love mixing patterns Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2008 09:44:43 PM »

i love them all.
the black puffed sleeve is my fav.


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« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2008 03:15:08 PM »

I really like the poofy sleeves...keep them! In fact, I love the whole turtleneck to death! I used to have a shirt kind of like it but it's been all worn to death now. Did you use a pattern? Cause I'd love to try that!

And P.S. Your hair color is awesome. I tried to get my hair to do something like that, and I got it pretty close, but it all washed out in like two weeks. Sad times.
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« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2008 08:25:55 PM »

wow, lookit all the comments! This is so encouraging, thanks so much everyone!!! I so regret not having learned to sew years ago. So now I'm making up for lost time!

Any hints with the skirt?
Hints? Ha! If only you knew... all of my projects so far, especially this one, have been great lessons in how NOT to do things. I'm really just jumping in blindly and figuring things out as I go along. I started the skirt from a couple of L-shaped scraps, then basically sewed up two big sheets of L-shapes. Then I just sewed up the sides using a template I made from another pencil skirt. I was going to add elastic in the waistband, but the skirt is so stretchy and well fitted that I didn't want to bother, why waste the elastic? Also, it would've saved me some time if I could get that damn twin needle to work, but I'm still having trouble with that.
now, back to the first top - may i ask where the material is from?
I get most of my fabric from my local fabric store. I live in Canada where the largest fabric store chain is Fabricland (called Fabricville in eastern Canada where I live.) It was bargain bin fabric at $2/m-- I should have bought more, and I might have to go back to get some...
Did you use a pattern? Cause I'd love to try that!
well, I did start out with the free Burdastyle pattern (Lydia) for a long sleeve top, but I really just used it as a basic body template and then modified it. Again, I was just sort of learning as I went along. I was really surprised that it turned out so well, honestly. I have no idea how I pulled it off. Although I admit that I often find it a lot easier to quickly baste things in place and then try it on before I sew any permanent lines. Might not be very professional, but for me it means a lot less time using the seam ripper.

Thanks again everybody! I'll have more stuff to post soon-- I just finished two more shirts this week.
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« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2008 04:36:55 PM »

nice. especially the skirt. plaid and houndstooth are my fav patterns of all time. Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2008 06:09:27 PM »

Very pretty; I want to steal that black turtleneck from you!  Mine was borrowed and never returned... Angry
But your shirt makes me happy, so Smiley.
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« Reply #36 on: July 14, 2008 02:37:15 AM »

It's great that you're bold and didn't let the inexperience stop you from taking on projects like these! I've just started recently and I've yet to learn what's there to explore. I tried resizing a shirt that had armholes turn out too small, good thing there's a little sister who fit in it perfectly haha! Really neat work there, we're lucky to have craftster around, huh ;-)
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