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« on: July 09, 2018 06:54:45 AM »

 Hello! I sew all the time but up until now I have only slightly dabbled in making clothes. It's a completely different beast than what I normally do. One of my goals this year was to make and wear three shirts to work. I bought a bunch of knits and then chickened out. Nothing is the same! You use a different needle, you cut it out differently (with a rotary cutter), different thread even (heard not to use cotton). On top of all that, it moves an is stretchy and scared me. I didn't even know what iron setting to use (my Mom got lots of calls). I have two shirts cut out. They are sitting there waiting for me to get the nerve up to attempt sewing them.
 I decided to ease my way into it by starting with a shirt that didn't have as much stretch. I had a TON of crepe satin. A LONG time ago, over 12 year, I was going to have my Aunt make a wedding dress for me. I ended up finding a great deal on one and she was very releived she didn't have to attempt it. But we had already bought all the fabric. I am trying to stash bust so I decide to use it but non shiny side.

 The slickness of the fabric was a little more difficult, and the fact that I couldn't iron it completely flat and crisp like cotton. I used Simplicity patter 8393.
 The inside seams are still loose. I think I am going to try to stitch those. But I loved the button I chose!

 I know it has some wonks to it but it is my first attempt. The hem is still a little extra wonky and my Mom is helping me fix that.
 Thanks for checking it out and any advice is welcome! Purses are so much easier! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018 06:59:10 AM »

Look at you GO! Great job on your first attempt, and using a tricky fabric at that! Looking good!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018 07:14:14 AM »

That is such a difficult fabric to sew with, good for you for even trying it. I don't have much advice even though I am an experienced stitcher, I would not have been so brave (hate that stuff!).
Everything looks good to me and I'll bet if you try it again with cotton you'll be amazed as how much easier it is to control where the needle puts the thread.
The one thing I would suggest is some sort of seam finish to keep the raw edges from fraying when you wear and wash the garment. There are tons of tutorials online, many that can be done with a domestic machine if you don't have access to a serger.
Looking forward to seeing more clothes from you!
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018 07:54:49 AM »

 I had no idea this was hard fabric! I figured it was what all of the clothes sewers used!!! Nice to know. I thought it would be easier than knit.  Tongue  I was going to try to sew up the edges with a stitch, can't remember what it's called, next time. At first my plan was to do a french seam but those wouldn't work because of the way the front opens up. I should have still done the sides with it but I was worried about fit.  Embarrassed  Again, this was my first attempt. I am going to look on line for a seam finish. I bet it's better than what I had in mind.
 Thanks for the advice. I am old skool. I completely forget about YouTube.  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018 08:36:20 AM »

I know nussing about making shirts, but it looks good on you to me!  And it's great that you found a project to use up some of your old crepe satin on--I imagine that must feel nice on the skin.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018 10:18:05 AM »

Despite all your nervousness it appears you are a natural! No one would ever suspect this was your first. And add me to the chorus of "you chose a hard fabric" singers! If you  decide you wnat to try a different pattern, I might suggest a McCall's brand which tend be have better directions. Butterick and Vogue patterns fall under the McCall's family, but tend to be a little more advanced. Same with Burda. However, See & Sew is also probably good for beginners working on simpler projects.

How do I know this? TShe McCall's Facebook page is FULL of wonderful people sharing advice and help when asked and sharing some AMAZING garments they have made, too!
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018 10:19:00 AM »

PS. You look quite a bit different than your profile pic!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2018 04:42:40 PM »

Great job, gozer! And, I bet you'll find that knits are a breeze after this! I like the style of the shirt, too- it looks super comfortable.
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