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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Barbara's useful SWAP part four

Well I am fully back at work, and back in deep. This is certainly going to affect my sewing time.

But not entirely.

Here is a third version of the Jane shirt, this time as per pattern with the yoke and the 3/4 split sleeve, in one of my big city prints. Although I am beginning to wonder if I am going to end up looking like Kramer, I admit I love it. Maybe, no undoubtedly, my inner Kramer is larger than I thought.

Having made this before there was only one small change I made. The split sleeve is made by simply leaving about 3" of the sleeve seam open and I knew the wrong side would show a bit. As a result I added to the hem so it was 1 1/2" wide, and before I even sewed the sleeve seam I finished the raw edges of the fabric with my narrow hem foot. It thought this made a very easy sleeve treatment look a little neater and you know we only do top quality work in this location, assuming you define top and quality pretty loosely:

Now back to work, my job I mean.

I am pretty pleased with the realization that I have now four of my six SWAP tops done, of course four of the final total will be from the same pattern but with such different fabric choices I don't think that matters. And if it does don't tell me.


Judith said...

Love this shirt, the fabric and beautiful crisp finish on the collar. Great idea for the sleeve finish - might have to borrow this idea...

Diana said...

Very interesting print on a great. Looking shirt

velosewer said...

Nice to see you're embracing your inner Kramer. Cool shirt.

Sharon said...

Love the print and that is a great idea for the sleeve treatment.

Mary said...

They can take the girl out of the city, but not out of the shirt. Looks great.

gwensews said...

I like that city print. I once saw a white shirt that had a New York skyline stenciled around the hemline, like a border print. I need everyday type clothes, too.

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