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Clothes I've made for myself using PMB. It all started with the shorts I purchased in summer 2009 that didn't fit well at all.
2010 Sep - Fleece jacket- Not PMB - McCalls 5718.
Buttoned up and sleeve cuffs turned down.
May 2011 - Hmm, less than successful. High waistband tends to ride down. Worse than that, the legs are way too narrow. Lesson: Remember to check the various hem circumferences before printing your pattern! Pocket would be more usable if it opened more to the side. Stay tuned for next version.
June 2011 - CLASSIC shirt, DARTED sleeves, double front buttons, used PE (for the first time) to remove button band so I could cut it on the bias. This style is a little constricting as far as arm movement, but it was a good lesson in sleeve styles/shapes. Sleeves are too long because I forgot to compensate for adding cuffs. LESSON: Remember to consider shortening sleeves if you add cuffs. Did you notice that I put the cuffs on backwards? Nope, didn't think so. I just roll the cuffs up one turn and the sleeves are the right length and the backwards cuffs don't show. Bingo!
July 2011 - Now this is a comfortable blouse! (DRESS SHIRT) I lined the bodice with batiste because as much as I like eyelet, I don't like all the holes where undergarments can peek out. I ended up basting the lining to the fashion fabric and sewing them as one. I wasn't sure if it would negatively affect the drape of the fabric, but I think it looks fine.
I used pleats instead of darts on this blouse just for fun. The only negative is that the pleats make for sort of a poufy upper back, so I probably won't use them for that again. This was my first two-piece collar and it came out fine.
These shorts are straight leg, fly front. I really like the fabric. It is 100% cotton according to the label on the fabric bolt, but sure has a smooth finish like a cotton/poly. Doesn't wrinkle easily and makes a nice crease/edge.
I used my machine's decorative stitches to trim around the pockets, front and back. These shorts aren't perfect, but they are a big step in the right direction.
Princess panel classic blouse pattern. My first attempt at princess seams. The interesting thing is that the shiny panels are simply the reverse side of the brushed polyester. The fabric has a bright blue metallic thread in the background. The buttons are cute dark blue with "confetti". I also lined the vest, only my second experience with lining a garment. I love how comfortable it is and how well it fits.
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