New Shirt, Part Two
The shirt is all finished and he's very happy with it. He wore it to school today.
This shirt was quick to make for a lot of reasons. One, there were very few pieces to the pattern. Two, there was no fussy matching of plaids, stripes, a pocket. Three, the shirt was short sleeved, thus no plackets or cuffs to make. Four, much of the construction was done via the serger. Since this is a child's shirt which will probably be outgrown in 6 months, I did not feel it was worth the time or effect to to french or flat felled seams. A 4-thread serger, plus top stitching on the outside is quick and very sturdy. Perfect for a child's shirt. Five, since I've made 12 similar shirts last year, making shirts has become very easy. That's not a bad thing.
Many of you have joined these sew alongs in which part of the challenge to make a similar style garment for a period of time or certain number of garments. While that is a big challenge, it is also a good thing! You're going to get really good at making that sort of garment. You will know what works for you and what doesn't as far as technique. You will learn what sorts of fabric and interfacing you like the best and all kinds of other things. Your confidence on one particular garment will soar! I haven't sewn a shirt since early December, but I knew exactly how to make this one come together quickly.
If you haven't joined such a challenge, make your own little challenge, just make it shorter - try three skirts from similar patterns or whatever fits your style and sewing ability. It doesn't have to be complex, the main thing is repetition and practice. You might even find a TNT pattern along the way, and then you'll be all set to do all kinds of neat variations on it like Carolyn does with her TNT dress pattern!
Parting Shot: Matched Set. I had some leftover yarn from my knitted hood, so I made some fingerless gloves to match. There are two of them, but I needed my other hand to photograph the one being worn! It is a very quick and easy pattern, too!