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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, July 7, 2015

T shirt mark one

Deeply involved in my own little world of things that make sense probably only to me I decided to expand my men's sewing repetoire to include T-shirts. (To see how menswear is really done check out Mainely dad.)

Since my birthday boy left to work setting up a wind farm in Texas, Friday I decided I needed to make him a shirt in this knit . It is supposed to represent something to do with the electricity of the NYC subway and I wanted to say, this is the next thing you have to take off the grid.

Art Gallery knits are first class and really cool fabric patterns.

 Nothing really exciting about this project except that I used a Jalie in a larger size than recommended and cut down the neckline, and that I wasn't happy with my cover hem tunnelling so cut off about 1 inch and then sewed the hem on my regular machine with a zig zag (time was running out).

My son liked it except he would have liked this shirt an inch longer.

Wouldn't we all.

At any rate I am going to scope out more of these knits for myself. You can try Fabric.com or my personal favourite source because of the breathtakingly good service Hawthorne Threads.


nitsel said...

Love the shirt-he'll be proud to wear it!
I really like the way Art Gallery fabrics shows a picture of an actual garment made from each fabric. No guessing about how it look made up.
I always enjoy reading your blog. You're entertaining and funny, and sometimes thought-provoking. Please keep on writing!

Carol in Denver said...

Thank you for introducing me to Hawthorne Threads! I'm so excited to see they carry a good number of cotton knits. Lots of places sell rayon knits but they are not flattering, I just don't like them.

Mainelydad said...

Wow, thanks so much for the shout out! Hawthorne threads looks amazing, even for a knit phobic guy like me.

Donna W said...

T shirts are fun to make. There is such an opportunity to use different prints. I haven't used Hawthorne threads yet but I agree they do have some great stuff.

Dressmaking Paper said...

Hi, this is beautiful T-shirt, thank you so much for introducing Hawthorne threads which looks incredible. Thanks for share with us. Keep it up good work.