I've started an easy project and a more complicated one. The easy project is a ling erie set. TNT patterns, construction done so many times, piece of cake for me.
The more complicated one is only complicated by the fabric. Remember the spring fabric I showed you last week? I want to make an easy shirt from that fabric. First I washed it, and it came out more looking like seersucker fabric. It has stretch and had shrunken quite a bit too! After a good press it was better, but I'm afraid of all the ironing I will have to do after wearing and washing the shirt. I love to wear shirts, but hate the ironing.
OK, and what am I going to make of this one? BWOF 118 from the January issue. I'm not quite sure whether this is the right fabric for this style or not. The style is mixed: hanging shoulders but long cuffs on the sleeves. I'll see how it comes out. (I wanted to copy the line drawing, but the BWOF site is too busy it seems, the pictures don't come up )
I sewed the collar using the method that Louise Cutting shows on the Threads DVD with techniques. She makes the upper and under collar as one pattern piece. In this way there's less bulk in the corner of the point of the collar, resulting in a sharper collar. I do lack a few tools she uses, but the result is quite nice, even though my fabric didn't cooperate.
On the top of the picture is the combined upper and under collar. The arrow points to the point of the collar. As you can see the angle in the collar makes that the under collar is more or less on the bias. How much that will be in this method, depends on the angle.
After interfacing the complete collar the center back seam of the under collar is stitched (I never interface the seam allowances).
Then the seam of the collar is stitched and the corners trimmed.
Turn, press and toptstitch. I found it quite easy.
I never thought there would be so many of you that wanted the Knip mode issue. I'll do the draw tomorrow. Where you are doesn't matter, everyone has a chance and the same chance, but I only have one copy.
And finally my blog has been given the Kreativ Blogger award by Lori, Linda and Cindy . I feel very honored of course and am happy you like to read my sewing adventures. But this time I'll won't name any other bloggers. Read Carolyn's post on the topic. She can say it far more beautiful than I can, and I do agree with her completely. Furthermore I realise more and more that I'm not really up to date with new bloggers. I haven't really been exploring other blog lists recently, and by the bloggers other nominate and the reactions to my Knip draw, I'm finding a lot more sewing blogs that I didn't know existed or had not yet added to my reader list. I'm trying to catch up, but time is limited, and I am trying seriously to spend less time on the internet.