Like quite a few sewing bloggers, I’m working on a men’s shirt right now! I’m using this as an opportunity to improve my precision sewing skills. I’ve also been taking Pam Howard’s Crafty class on shirtmaking and have picked up a few tips. I’m using McCall’s 6044, which I used on Nathan’s gingham shirt, with only a few modifications (the addition of a yoke and slimming down the waist a bit.) I’m also trying flat-felled seams for the first time, which you can see on the armhole seam in pic below! I never really understood the technique before and had been faking it with French seams that I top-stitched down.
I also made a bit of a splurge this weekend…. say hello to my walking foot! I’ve been dreaming about one of these babies for a long time, and it works like magic. Like Andrea before me, I’m wondering if it’s wrong to use it on everything? I’m definitely using it on the side seams and button placket for the shirt.
On Sunday, my mom and I took a sewing lesson (really a pattern adjustment lesson) from my friend Casey. Casey (who made my wedding dress), is getting his degree from a fashion school in Seattle. I learned a ton and it was only the first class! Here, he’s showing us how to walk in a pattern that we traced to make sure that our seamlines and markings are aligned.
Finally, my mom had been cleaning out my great-aunt’s fabric collection and I ended up with two beautiful pieces of Japanese fabric (the black and white is cotton, the striped is a stiff linen). They’re less than 15″ wide, however! Does anybody know what they might have been intended for, or what I might be able to use them on? I’m guess they might have been made with some traditional Japanese clothing style in mind?