Simplicity 1779 #1

June 20th, 2013 - 

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I finished making Simplicity 1779!

This is my first time working with buttons, my automatic button hole maker, and my rolled hem presser foot.

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Previously, I had been working on a blue Kenmore Mini Ultra, but I recently purchased a Janome Sewist 500, which has more presser foot options and abilities, and I also found a White Super Lock serger at a thrift store which has been helping me achieve nice finished seams.

–    3-2-13KMiniUltraSM
+    4073761508
+    0-WHITE-SUPERLOCK-SERGER-MODEL-534S-BROWNSBORO
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= Basically, I’m living large.

I’ve been trying to find projects that allow me to use the new features available through my new machines, while also using up old remnant fabric. Generally, I get my best results from working in muslin first, adapting the pattern, and working in the final fabric, but I know more now about how my particular sizing works, so it’s becoming easier to make early adjustments to patterns before fully sewing them.

Also learning more about structure and when and how things should be sewn to achieve the best look. Also trying to do a better job of tracking overall cost on supplies and time spent, to figure out the real cost of the things I’m making.

This shirt used a remnant fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics, roughly 8 years old, a sheer pink fabric I also had on-hand, vintage yellow flower buttons from my mom, some interfacing, about a full spool of machine thread plus some amount of serger thread, and two detail buttons for the arms. It might have taken 20 hours?

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Unfortunately, this shirt didn’t work out for me, but it did work out for my pal Joanna. I’d need to make some major adjustments to it if I made it again for myself, and should probably just start working from a larger size with a new pattern.

So far, my biggest successes have been with dresses. Onwards and upwards!

One Response to “Simplicity 1779 #1”

  1. […] know, basically, that Simplicity is not sized like Vogue, since my earlier failed attempt at making a shirt for myself based on my commercial sizing. So, instead of cutting a size 14, which […]

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