McCalls7195- Sew Forced

I made a shirt I never planned on making. I went to a new craft store so my husband could buy a bottle(he made a ship in a bottle). It was Hobby Lobby, I don't like my craft stores to have political stances, so I had never been there before. They had a fabric section so naturally I made my way over while Steve Sleeves measured bottle holes. McCall's patterns were on sale for 2 bucks each! I picked up m7195. The size range says xs-med instead of the normal 8-10-12 thing. Took me a while to figure out that was the right packet for me. Then I mosied over to the smallest cart of apparel fabrics ever. I found some cute fabric and quickly scanned the back of the packet and bought 1 1/2 yards.


I thought I'd go trendy and buy this pattern. I've seen girls who shop at Forever21 have this on a necklace or whatever. It reminds me of trail markings from girl scouts.


I had to move my photo shoots inside due to winter and I'm working on the best spot so bear with me. I also got a camera remote which was fun.


Here is the back. Ok I know, this photo is grainy as hell. I learned that the forward facing camera is not as good as the back camera on your phone. I figured this out half way through, so the quality of the photos will go back and forth. Sorry. Won't happen again.


I will say I don't love this pattern. Can you believe I extended it over an inch! (I just use the width of my ruler, never measured it) It's still short for my taste.


I didn't alter the width of the shoulders. I should have. I always underestimate how small my neck to shoulder seam really is. 


I didn't want to take a photo of the bust dart, butt shots are already on the internet so here is me testing out my new remote while I share a pro tip. Knit fabrics get wavy if you just stitch them like normal under a sewing machine. I construct everything else with my serger, but had to face the waves with the darts. I grabbed some extra tissue paper from a pattern I had floating around. Put the tissue paper on the bottom of what you are sewing. So it goes machine, tissue paper, fabric, fabric, needle. Then sew like normal. Just tear off the paper. Works like a charm!


So I messed up the neck. I didn't read the instructions because, I didn't. The neck band was too wide so it stood up like a priest collar. I quickly folded it over and sewed it all around again. It worked...except I got random weird double lumps, see by the shoulder seam. Meh. I already didn't love the shirt so it didn't really ruin it.


Another thing I didn't love about the pattern, that might be my fault. It didn't come with a bottom band. I might have lost it, or thrown it away, but I checked! And looked in the garbage and never found it. I've done shirts like this before so I just winged it and it came out fine. This photo also demonstrates how weird you get taking photos blindly with a button looking at the back of a phone on a tripod.


I when I got the pattern, and the fabric, this isn't the view I wanted to make. I wanted the view where the back is a touch longer than the front and both are hemmed. But I read the back of the pattern too fast (read the wrong one) and was short by like 1/4 of a yard. I used every last inch on length I had just to get this. I'm always pulling it down. Not a fan.


I wanted view B. 


In the end the fit sucks. The pattern sucks, and I learned a lesson: no impromptu sewing. I might make it again the way I wanted to, or even short sleeved, but for now it needs to sit in the corner and think about what it's done.

Imgur isn't letting me upload shit, so no funny links this round, jeez even the post about this shirt isn't going well! Anyway here's this to hold you over until next time.

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