New Look 6217 – again!

Last weekend I completed a shirt from the New Look 6217 pattern. I completed the skirt and the cardigan in my intro to garments class last fall, so I decided to try out the top with some really cheap fabric I got on sale.

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As you can see no set in sleeves or anything tricky. I don’t even know what to call the fabric I used; it was definitely a woven, with a lot of drape and a little stretch. Probably some synthetic in there. I found it on sale at a big-box fabric store and bought it thinking I could practice with out wasting pricy fabric (more on that later).

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And the finished product! Very serious face here. No close ups because then you could see all the flaws, ha! I had never done a bias neckline before so that was a great learning experience. I made my bias tape really quickly and then totally forgot how to apply it so who knows how it is attached. The best part of this is the bottom hem; I used a trick I learned from my class to help a curved hem turn up. Basically you just stitch the curve before you fold up the hem and that helps the fabric ease into place. It worked wonders!

Today I went to my local fabric store (where I take my classes) and spent WAY too much on fabric. I bought a stretch jacquard that was $38 a yard!! Eep! They were having a sale at least, but it was just so darn pretty. I couldn’t leave without it. I also snagged some $2 patterns and a bias tape maker.

In non-sewing related news I’m trying to spruce up our teeny tiny bathroom. Last weekend I used a million different cleaning methods to scrub the bathtub before settling on baking soda and vinegar. And this weekend I decided to tackle the window that sits in our shower. This window needs some serious TLC. The paint is very chipped and wood might be starting to rot – we couldn’t even open it until last summer. It really just needs a new coat of mildew resistant paint. But first….

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I’ve been stripping the paint of this all afternoon – I had to take a break before my arms fell off or the fumes got to me. Hopefully I’ll have this finished up tomorrow! DIY or die!

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I’ve been sewing since February of this year when I took an introductory course at a specialty fabric store in town. Prior I had never touched a sewing machine; I’d reattached the occasional button (after watching a youtube video first) and tried to fix small things with hand stitching.

Since the class I have tried my hand at some small projects and made my first garment a few months ago. I learned a lot in the process; about facing and darts… and what fabric NOT to choose (yeah, quilting cotton was not a good choice) but still was looking for some instruction. Which brings me to the present – I just finished my second class at the same store, this time focusing on basic garments.

We made two pieces from New Look 6217; a knit cardigan and a straight skirt. The cardigan is still under wraps as that is a gift, but I just finished up the hem on the skirt. I chose a woven cotton that had a teeny bit of stretch. I cut a 16 to begin with but graded it to a 12 in places (my waist is considerably smaller than my hips – a common issue I have in RTW sizes).

This image from pinterest served as general inspiration.

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The pattern it self was pretty straight forward. Stay-stitching, darts in the back, then I added more darts in the front due to the aforementioned waist-to-hip ratio, and an invisible zipper.

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The waist was done with twill tape, jury is out on how this goes. I’m not super trilled with how it looks. I might belt over it.

I finished the inner seams with a faux-serge.

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The hem was 1 1/4 inch overall, 1/4 was turned under… this part I about ruined. I pressed the 1 inch up then the 1/4 under and stitched it in place. Or so I thought. I was stitching more at 1/2 an inch, so I decided to go back and just created parallel stitches. I’m still a total novice at this, so I’m pretty stoked with how it turned out and that I didn’t run the lines together at any point. I new feat for me!

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Ok, done. Now fit. Hmmm. It fits well on the waist. I need to re-press the darts, really just press it everywhere…

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I feel its a little shapeless but this could be due to the fact that it is actually cut for my hips, rather than stretching tight across them like my other pencil skirts. I dunno. Maybe I’ll try to wear it to work tomorrow and style it some so I feel more enthused.

In summary: sewing is hard! I really like learning new techniques and seeing tiny improvements in my skills but there is so much more for me to learn. And to perfect. I have a few more patterns in my arsenal and the Tilly and the Buttons book to try. This is only the beginning right?