Christmas Shirts
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1M ago
 I found six yards of shirt material for $1.49 at the thrift store.  I decided I would make two short-sleeved shirts with it.  One for me and one for Joe. Simplicity 7330 instantly came to mind as it is my goto pattern for Joe.  I made him an extra-large and me a large, just so they would be airy for the summer. I used my Singer Touch Tronic 2010 to make Joe's shirt.  I just picked this up at Goodwill. I used my Singer Touch Tronic 2001 to make my shirt.  I picked this up at Goodwill a few years ago, 2016 to be exact. I used the automatic buttonholer with both ..read more
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Gray Wool Flannel Shirt
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3M ago
 Fall has definitely hit our area.  It has been in the sixties the last few days.  With this in mind I decided to make a wool shirt with fabric from my stash.  I used Simplicity 8427 in size 40, with two inches added to the sleeve length. I used my new to me Singer 403 I bought at the thrift store for $3.99. What a bargain! I used my Singer Professional Buttonholer.  It needs a zigzag machine, so my 403 worked perfectly with the width set at two. I flat-felled the seams.  This takes a lot longer than serging them, but makes for a nice inside finish. I have ..read more
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Lap Quilt for Joe's Mom
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4M ago
 Joe's Mom asked me for a lap quilt, so I started on the hunt for a fitting pattern. I like Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, but I couldn't find a lap quilt that I liked. Then one day I was looking on Etsy and found the Cat Scratch Quilt, made by Art East Quilting Company. It could be made in two sizes, and I thought the 40" by 40" would be perfect. Once I looked through my fabric stash, I found all but the backing and the background fabric.  Joann's had the fabric I needed, so I went home and started cutting. I put all the pieces in individual sandwich bags with labels so I could find ..read more
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Revisiting Islander 228 Shirt
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5M ago
 I have a whole lot of shirt patterns.  I like most of them and have my favorites.  One pattern I like is Islander 228.  I have had it about 5 years and I first found this pattern through a Craftsy class.  Of course I purchased the class on sale and it included the pattern.  Now the pattern is separate. It can be purchased here.  This is a download, but a tissue pattern is also available here. I decided to sew this shirt in medium with my White 571.  I have had this machine 8 years, but haven't used it in a while.  If my me ..read more
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Summer shirts
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6M ago
 While shopping at the thrift store I found some lightweight shirt material for $1.  I thought a while, then decided to make a short-sleeve shirt in medium with McCall's 4079. I used my Bettina 717 to sew my shirt. I used lightweight interfacing in the button plackets, the collar and stand, and in the top of the pocket. I decided to serge the seams with my Brother 534. I used my White 571 and Singer professional buttonholer for the button holes. Here it is: Then I made one with the same pattern and my Singer 7470.  I also serged the seams with my Brother 534. He ..read more
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Butterick 6916 Shacket
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9M ago
 Being it is Summer, I found some wonderfully thick flannel on sale at Joann's.  I also found Butterick 6916  which is a shacket.   I decided to make a muslin to verify sizing.  I made size medium with two inches added to the sleeve length. The sizing looked perfect.  I did not add the cuffs, so the sleeves might look a little short. I used my Necchi Esperia for the muslin.  This is a Necchi from 1959 that was free on Facebook Marketplace just a few miles from me.  It is a wonderful straight-stitcher in a beautiful desk. I decided to use ..read more
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Kwik Sew 3504 Jeans
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11M ago
 I was away from my sewing machine for three weeks.  This was due to a record-setting snow storm.  Joe and I got out of the snow and went to stay with my mom.  Once the snow melted and the power was back on, we returned home. During my sewing hiatus I bought some denim on EBay.  It was 60" wide, so I purchased two yards at $10 a yard.  The denim brought to mind Kwik Sew 3504.  This is my goto jeans pattern in medium with three inches added to the inseam.  I used the straight leg version. Once the material and pattern were picked, I needed a sewing mac ..read more
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Wool Flannel Shirt
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1y ago
I have some Pendleton wool shirts.  I have had them at least 30 years and paid I think around $25 for them.  Now they go for $175 at my local clothing store.  So buying the blue plaid in the window was out.  But I thought about making one if I could find the fabric cheap enough.  I finally did it.  I purchased some wool on Etsy for $12 a yard. It is 53" wide, so the 3 yards available to purchase worked perfectly. Then came the hard part. Deciding which pattern to use for a long sleeve shirt.  After searching through my pattern stash, I decided on Simplicit ..read more
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Shirt for Joe
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1y ago
 I decided to make Joe a flannel shirt using Simplicity 7330 in large.  This pattern fits him best, it is my go-to pattern for him. Simplicity 7330 The flannel was in my stash.  I bought it last Christmas at Joann's for $4 a yard, quite a bargain. I used my Bernina Record 830 to sew the shirt.  It is a very smooth machine.   I like the six-step Bernina button hole more than the five-step on the 830, so I used my 1011 for the button holes. Bernina 830 Bernina 1011 Here it is: Thanks for stopping ..read more
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Bernina-O-Rama, Second Edition
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1y ago
 I did it again.  I admit it has been 5 years, but I found three Berninas on Ebay.  Two are a little harder to find than the third.   The first is a 717.  It is a flatbed 3/4 machine built in 1971.  I got a deal because it had a cracked cam gear.  Those are readily available and easily replaced.  So I repaired it.  Now it sews a beautiful stitch.   A manual for it is available from Bernina here. It is a beautiful machine.  It came with a box of feet and the manual.  It is hard to tell it is over 50 years old. The ..read more
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