Thursday, February 24, 2011

Plaid + Pintucks = Shirt!

I didn't mean to mislead you into thinking I was making a skirt when I posted that other picture.  But the pintucks were the most interesting thing happening at that time.  This is what the pintucking turned into:

A cozy tunic (inspired by one I saw a 2-year-old wearing).  I drafted the pattern myself and am generally quite happy with how it turned out, although if I sew it again there are some changes I'll make.  The worst part of sewing this was the collar.  I tried many variations & techniques before finding this method of binding a neck edge which worked, if not perfectly, at least passably!  When I was finally ready to cut the collar of the plaid cloth, and not the old bedsheet I'd made a test pattern with, I decided to cut it off the front of the shirt as it was hanging down 4 inches past the bottom of the back.  You know that adage measure twice, cut once?  Well you should also check what you're cutting from twice!  Yes, I cut my collar piece off the perfectly lengthed back.  So then I had to cut some off the front and attach it to the back to make the tunic the length I wanted.  I figured a seam a couple inches from the back hem is less noticeable then a shirt that is clearly too short. 

This was the first time I'd done pintucks, they take a while to do well but are actually pretty easy as it's all sewing in a straight line.  It was also the first time I've made a garment with buttonholes!  Until my first sewing lesson when we tried doing buttonholes I was a little scared of them!  But now it's rather fun to see the sewing machine zipping along doing it's own thing to create a buttonhole.  

With spring coming up I'm thinking of trying this pattern in a lightweight fabric, what do you think?


  1. Very cute! I'm so impressed that you just made this pattern up yourself. I wish I had that skill. :)

  2. It looks great! I am super impressed that you drafted your own pattern. I'd love to see a tutorial of that. And it sounds like a great idea to make one for spring/summer. You could even adjust the sleeve length too. Again, great job!

  3. Thanks for the compliments! I'm pretty impressed I was able to get it to turn out so well! There will be no tutorial though as it was a pretty hit & miss & try again way of sewing.