Greetings everyone. It feels good to be back!
My sewing has been waylaid both by the new job, where I’ve been through week 1, and also a little bit by a back injury I inflicted upon myself while lifting a heavy section of my telescope. You know that part where they tell you to lift heavy things from your quadriceps rather than your back? Yeah, well I got that memo but still was too dense to read it.
So, picking up from where we left off…
I had planned to alter the pattern, then do a second muslin to check fit. The summary of the changes I needed to make to the Large version of the pattern was the following:
- Decrease shoulder width 2 inches
- Decrease sleeve width 1.5 inches
- Decrease chest 3 inches
I was getting ready to retrace the pattern with the alterations, via Pivot & Slide. Then I noticed the Medium version of the pattern might actually be a better fit in a lot of ways, and I might have fewer alterations to make by adding to Medium rather than taking away from Large. Continue reading
Well, it’s been a bit of a stretch since the last installment of this series, but I have an excuse.
This Friday was my last day at my old job. I worked at a small company making children’s educational software for mobile devices. Its parent company was one of the more well-known smartphone manufacturers. This past Thursday the parent company shut us down with a mass layoff. Fortunately, I saw this coming and have spent the better part of the summer engaged in a job hunt. I’m pleased to say that I had already resigned by the time the layoff hit, and my new job opportunity begins Monday the 16th.
Now that I’ve gotten rid of my job, I have some free time on my hands. I plan to use it to get some projects completed, maybe even this one! I had also thought about entering the PatternReview mini-wardrobe contest going on now. I like the concept, but I’m still not sure I could get the whole contest completed even with two weeks of unemployment to help me along.
Finishing the Muslin
Over the Labor Day weekend, I finished up the muslin for the Chambray Comfy Shirt.
The construction isn’t great. There’s places where stitching doesn’t catch the fabric on the inside of the cuffs and plackets. There’s a nice pucker where the collar stand meets up with the shirt body. The patch pockets didn’t come out the same height. And I stitched the shirttail hem completely on the machine folding as I went along, rather than folding and pressing at the ironing board. It turned out a puckered mess.