New Look A6323 - Nun of your business

First off I cut my hair, and I don't know if I like it or not, so be nice. Second I learned a valuable alteration lesson: do it with the pattern and not the finished shirt, you'll see...

I took another crack at New look 6323. Only this time I thought I'd get a better fit. I took like an inch out of the shoulders, my neck to shoulder seam is only like 2 inches long!

I made the neck hole smaller, and it's still too big. I like me some crew necks.

I just serged the raw edge instead of hemming it for a little length, ok not really, it was a style choice. I wanted more white to show, but after washing it, it kinda rolls so you can't really see it anyway.

And do I look like a nun? I get a strong nun vibe.

So this is where shit gets weird. I thought I was pro and could just change the back piece. Instead of two pieces and some gathering I thought I could just cut it out as one big piece.

I just taped it together and went on my merry way. Well after I sewed it all together I had WAY too much fabric just hanging off my back. I looked like I was wearing a big sack. Not cute.

Enter this weird seam. I tried a dart. I tried shirring at the lower back. I tried and failed at a lot of things back there. I don't really want to talk about it. I wasted an hour fixing my fix. This looked ok so I gave up.

I def need to figure out which thread from the serger shows if the seams pulls open a bit. ack.

Well, lessons were learned. Something did dawn on me though which started my whole alteration adventure. I make custom clothing but they never fit like they are custom made. I just cut a generic size and hope for the best. I have spent the morning measuring the shit out of myself and drafting a new shirt out of Mccalls 6992. I'm going to try for some pajamas, even take a shot at leggings. I figured if I have as much trouble with fit as I did with this shirt, fuck it they are just pajamas.

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Mccalls m6992 - My New Favorite Shirt

I would love to tell you about my new shirt, but first let me take a selfie. 

Ok, but for realz, NEW FAVORITE SHIRT! Meet Mccalls m6992 It's a raglan sleeved shirt with 8,000 different ways to spice it up, and yet I still had to be different...

I added plaid elbow patches!

I also extended the shirt a whole inch.

Yes, that is the same gray fabric as the last shirt I made.

I had the white rib knit, and the plaid so the whole shirt cost me like 13 bucks.

Speaking of the cuff, man, this trim would not be as good without my serger.

Speaking of the serger I even switched the thread to all white so even the inside looks baller.

I did hand back stitch the patches on. Which btw no joke took two hours. I added them after the shirt was done (for the best placement) and pulling the thread through the back INSIDE a sleeve was tedious. 

I made the pattern from some round tin thing I had, I knew it would work because it was just bigger than I wanted the patch to be so I figured that was good enough for seam allowances. It was.

Then just sewed 2 pieces together, turned it inside out, pillow case style.

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New look A6323 - My First Serger Shirt

I GOT A SERGER! In the craziest way too I might add! Ok so brag time, a stranger on the internet thought I have a lot of talent and potential and wanted to see what I can do with a serger, so they sent me an Amazon gift card for 70% of the cost. CRAZY RIGHT!? The whole time I'm thinking they won't really go through with it. Then the gift card will bounce or something, then Amazon will cancel my order...NOPE. It totally showed up at my house. The machine came pre threaded and on some setting that I could use so I haven't really used it yet. It's going to be one hell of a learning curve. Right now it just feels like a new car but I'm in love.

Meet New Look A6323 p.s. don't order it there, I got it at Walmart for $2.97

I also got the fabric on clearance at Walmart. Two yards for $6! It's like a stretch jersey knit and kinda thick. Think if a t-shirt and a sweatshirt had a baby.

My original plan was to have that back panel plaid, but then I remembered I couldn't wear my plaid heels with it so... plain grey it is!

Here is a close up of the gathering. It gave me so much trouble! I tried sewing it with barely any tension and a long stitch. I was supposed to be able to just pull and the panel would gather, well that didn't happen. I ended up putting elastic in my bobbin and doing a few shirring rows, which worked, but then it showed after I attached it to the top part, so I ripped it all out, whatever it worked.

Of course I mess up the neck! I put the band in backwards and had to rip that out too, but since I used a serger and it cuts while it sews, so the neck hole got bigger.

And I was on such a high from the fast and killer construction of a serger I didn't take my time top stitching. OOPS!

I even washed it already, just threw her in and it held up.

I mean, that's what the inside of clothes look like! Minus the weird colors I guess.

For a first try at a serger, and a brand new pattern I'm pretty happy with it! I even bought more of this fabric because well, gray is my favorite color.

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T-Shirt Time

Whelp. I jumped feet first into pattern making AND knits and was quickly in over my head. I don't think I will be going rogue on patterns anytime soon, but before I was even done with this project I was planning my next one, starring knit fabric.

Before I start tearing this shirt a new one, I would like to take the time to give a shout out to a nice lady I 'met' on the internet. She gave me some tips about photos, she said it in a constructive manner and everything! Anyway, she said I should make the photos bigger and take them in interesting places. I will do my best here to make them bigger, I still need to work on location. So it's still garage for now!

Long story short check her out here, love her style and she is super great at sewing!

So at first glance, not so bad right? Well, keep looking. (hint hint sleeve seams at shoulders)

I wanted to Frankenstein my two favorite shirts together. I love the fit of the white one, but am not always in the mood to wear a v-neck. Enter my Parks and Recreation shirt.

So I got to tracing the cut of the white one and the neck of the gray one.

I thought I did a good job...

As this snapshot photo shows, the arm holes were very much smaller than the sleeve. I think it was because I over trimmed trying to get the same shape. OOPS!

I tried to make cute little pleats, but folded the wrong way so it made these strange bulges.

UGH. Now let's talk neck hole.

I cut the ribbing off another shirt, so it came out super thin.

And the biggest noob mistake you can make, when cutting I cut a nick out of the back.

Well there you have it. ps I made the cut offs too.

At least I learned a lot from this shirt. 1)Use a shit ton of pins. 2)Zig zag stitch just about everything. 3)Watch instructional videos BEFORE you make it NOT after. 4)I should have used a ball point needle. 

Have anymore tips for me? Let me know!