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A seamstress I’m not. A quilter, yes indeed! But I would love to make clothing! I’d also love someone to teach me, but I guess I’ll have to make do with what I can find online.
I have bolts and bolts of plain, Moda solids that are inexpensive fabrics for me to practice on. I recently ran across the New Camp Shirt pattern and thought it looked pretty cute!
I thought I’d try the short sleeve version, since there would be less fabric to waste, which was darn good thinking on my part, because I had to cut the back twice and one side twice, after making two left fronts!
It’s taken me a week to make this shirt, partly because I’ve been battling wicked headaches again, and partly because the collar confounded me.
It turned out well enough in the end, but I had to get some help from friends. I topstitched everything with Sulky 12wt cotton thread.
Tracing it took me a few hours, but I used this Swedish Tracing paper I got on Amazon and love it! I’ve used a few different brands in the past and much prefer this one.
I had a bit of fun with my embroidery machine, both with a design on the back. This is from the collection “Words of Wisdom“.
And with the buttonholes, also done in the embroidery hoop on my Bernina 700. The precise positioning feature made it a piece of cake! This buttonhole design is from the “Buttonholes 1” collection.
I sewed the buttons on by machine. While Bernina makes a buttonhole foot, I prefer using the number 20 presser foot, zigzag length set to zero, and the width whatever the hole spacing on the button is.
There’s a lot I like about this shirt. The princess seams add a nice touch and make it less boxy. But I’m not overly keen on the fullness of the sleeves. I lucked out on my first tracing and the size is a good fit for me, but I feel rather lost in the shirt. Perhaps a fabric with more drape? I was kind of pumped about using up some of my stash with this pattern!