Flannel – Done!

Ugh. UGH. The McCall’s 6613 flannel shirt saga is over. Finished! Way back in November. I am just now getting pictures in spring. Ignore the kayak in the bottom of the frame. Don’t judge me.

I learned a lot making this shirt, and will apply it to the next one (I haven’t cut it out yet, but I have this lovely black and white cotton check shirting waiting for meeeeee.)

The shirt in and of itself is done, and overall, I’m really pleased with it. But, I’ll pick up where I left off.

Since I had already graded the seams at the shoulders and the yoke, I had to be really careful taking the seams out. Not to mention that I did beautiful top stitching with a triple stitch. I also haven’t filled my new glasses prescription, so I can’t see anything. Ahem.

I had enough fabric to recut the back yoke, and I had to recut the button bands, too, as long as I pieced them. That didn’t turn out too badly (I love using my pinking shears as a grading tool).

I was able to get the rest of the shirt put together, minus the cuffs, collar, and bands in one evening. I double and triple checked to make sure that everything was going in the right way. It was pretty funny, especially since I had my Adele Pandora station going. Croon away about rolling in the deep and then swear about the sleeve cap not easing in properly. (I put in my sleeves flat, not in the round. It’s easier for me, and I learned to do it that way from putting sleeves in hand knit sweaters.)

To be honest, this is the first time I’ve put on traditional woven cuffs, bands, and a collar on a shirt. The directions were pretty clear, and totally clever. I ended up having to put another pleat into the sleeve for it to fit into the cuff. I don’t like gathers in this kind of shirt, and the pleat blends in with the rest of the shirt.

I think I put the button bands in wrong, because the collar stand ended up being too short by the button bands. I just put a piece of velvet ribbon over it and called it done. I flat felled the arm and side seams, and edge stitched the bands and cuffs.

Yeaahh…. I’m glad that the flannel is patterned and hides a lot of the stitching. Flat felled seams only work when there’s enough fabric in the seam to stitch over. I will hand stitch down the cuff and bands next time. I will figure out the damn button bands. I will actually hem the bottom in the correct direction.


The pearl part of the snaps were easy to put in. Next time, I’ll do it flat, instead of on my bed as I watch knitting video podcasts.



All in all, not my best work, but I’m really happy with how my schlumping around the house and keeping me warm when I’m wrangling goats shirt turned out. The next one – it’ll be even more awesome.


Quick and Easy

Because I needed to be able to see what in the world I was doing with the flannel shirt, but I still wanted to sew, I pulled out some other fabric from my stash. I really want to make more garments, especially as my ready to wear items are starting to die.

I had this lace left over from an unblogged cotton half slip I made last summer (I cannot find one anywhere; everything is polyester, which is not what I want to be wear in August in Virginia. I made one, and then dyed it purple!). I wanted a lace blouse, something like this. but I couldn’t think of a fabric in my stash that would go with the lace, and I don’t have any shirts that are at the tear up point. I dyed my fabric green, and over dyed in black to get this greeny grey color that makes me so happy. I ended up using the Staple Dress pattern, again  What can I say, I love this pattern!


I very technically folded the lace selvage to selvage, matching up the motifs and pinned. I then cut the piece in half, so the front and back would be the same length. I traced out the back and front, and sewed the side and shoulder seams together, and then finished the insides with my serger. I used the rolled hem feature with black fuzzy nylon to finish the neckline and sleeves. For the hem, I just cut along the lace motif. I think I may have enough of another lace to make one more of these – very comfortable, and I’ve already worn it to work and received compliments.

Since I already had my serger set up for a rolled hem, I pulled out this piece of poly chiffon that I got from the remnants table at my local fabrics store. It has scissors on it! It’s 3/8 of a yard, about 60” long, so I used a French seam to turn it into a cowl, and then ran it through the serger to roll hem the edges. I think it may have taken me 10 minutes? There was time for sips of coffee in between.

The last quit and dirty came in the form of this skirt.

It’s this beautiful double woven French rayon that I got from a vendor at the American Sewing Guild Conference last summer. It’s just been sitting and staring at me. I put a French seam in the side, rolled hemmed the bottom, and wacked some elastic in the top. I think I’m going to redo the elastic – I wore this to work already, and I don’t like the way it feels against my skin. I’m thinking I’ll just make a knit casing and sew it down on it. (Edited to add: one of my co-workers liked it so much, I just gave it to her.)