It only took five prototypes, but I finally finished a T that I feel good about, inside and out. Everything turned out exactly the way I wanted it. I still want to refine the serged seam finish, but I'm so happy with this that I'm ready to stop making T-shirts and think about my next project.Read More
Pillow cases and curtains are the easiest things to sew. Cut a rectangle (or two), sew four straight lines, and you're more or less done. Welted pillows and box cushions seem like they would be several orders of magnitude more difficult, but I surprised myself when I learned how to do both. They are super easy!Read More
Prototyping makes perfect. It takes a lot of extra time, uses up a lot of fabric, and requires a tremendous amount of patience. It is terribly unsatisfying to cut, sew, and repeat until the time finally comes to take a deep breath and commit to making whatever it is I've set out to make... and the results are GOOD. I finished T-Shirt #5 over the weekend (I'm even wearing it today) and am ready to make "the silk knit paisley print T-shirt" I set out to make months and months ago.
Let's take a look at what learned with prototype #5.Read More
Full disclosure: this is really my fourth T-shirt. I deleted the first three.
I'm a pretty good sewer, but I have learned that am not alone in my fear of knits. I've learned, too, that my fear is reasonable, and yet so easy to overcome! If you've been sewing wovens for years and years and then try to apply the same tried-and-true techniques to knits, it is very likely that you'll disappointed with the outcome. So I set out to learn a whole new skill set.Read More