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Made by Me Monday – A Shirt of my Own!

2013 April 22

Today I finished the first piece of clothing I have made for myself in a very long time.  I made a few tops when I was pregnant with my second daughter that I wore quite a bit, but since then I have concentrated more on the kids.

I bought a shirt last Friday that I really like, it is sort of a wing sleeve shirt and has a boat neck, which works well on me because I have wide shoulders and this does not have a shoulder seam in it.  Not having to set in a sleeve also makes it really easy to sew, which is part of the reason I decided to buy the shirt in the first place. I folded the new shirt in half, laid it on a piece of knit fabric, cut it out and stitched on the sleeve and bottom hem finishing pieces – Done!

Super Simple Wing Sleeve Shirt

I think I might make at least 3 more of these! I’m so happy with how it turned out. Made By Rae just finished her yearly Spring Top Sewalong and I missed it by 3 days, next year I will have to plan better! You can still see the flicker group by clicking on the button below.

The fabric is a piece of slightly sheer knit from the end-of-yardage pile at my local fabric shop. I’ve had it for at least a year now and am finally making a shirt with it. I can’t complain, the piece was likely around $3.00 – a shirt for that price? And it only took a couple of hours to sew – I’ve got to get me some more pieces of knit like that!

This is a really great project for a knit fabric beginner because it is so simple to sew up. The folded fabric on the sleeves and hem edge are a lot easier than stitching a hem, which can really be hard to do with knit fabric because it tends to ripple and stretch. There was just under a meter of fabric and so I barely squeezed the shirt out of it. The sleeves on the original shirt were a bit longer than on this one. But it is so comfy and I love the colours. Next time I make one I will have to post a tutorial.

I have to say, this was a strange post for me. Editing and choosing photos of my kids, husband and inanimate objects is so easy! Editing and choosing photos of myself is SUPER hard! I have discovered that looking at “posed” photos of yourself is like listening to a recording of your own voice. Apparently you don’t actually look (or sound) like what you think you look (or sound) like in your head as you walk around each day! As a result, choosing photos of someone that is supposed to be you, but doesn’t look quite right is pretty difficult!

Hope you all are having a wonderful beginning to your week. Come back on Friday for another Canadian Online Fabric Store interview. This one comes with a giveaway and discount code again! I’m really excited to share Karen’s store with you, she’s got a really great selection and amazing service! AND, she’s giving away a set of one of my most favorite fabrics! Have a great week – See you soon!

If you are wondering… My husband’s knee surgery went really well! Everything is progressing along much better than we ever could have expected. We even got to go on a trip to the park today with the kids, Hooray!

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