|Still rocking the up-and-away model look.|
|Taking her shoes off finally stilled her enough for a non-blurry pic.|
The shirt is constructed from a lovely gray herringbone made even more fabulous by the fact that it’s a super soft flannel. I played with the herringbone, turning it on the bias for the yoke to add a subtle detail. I love my manual sewing machine, but I wish I had a really good button-hole maker. This flannel was begging for contrast button-holes worthy of Sherlock. Sadly my machine and I are not great partners when it comes to button-hole making, so I made the decision to stick with tone-on-tone thread. Some day I will Sherlock a button-hole or two! [I just made “Sherlock” into a verb, go with it—if I can make up my own seam finishes, why not my own verbs?]
|Size 5 is still a tad too large; plenty of room to grow.|
|Digging for Hershey Kisses—she remembered from last time.|
PatternAfter-School Shirt + Pants by Oliver + S, Size 5
FabricJoann Fabric Sew Classic Bottom-Rodeo Cotton, Blackberry; and Flannel Shirting in Gray Herringbone, also from Joann’s.
LoveI adore the look that all the top-stitching gives on both pieces, even if they’re not proper flat-felled seams.
NoteWhen you sew a pattern a second time you should still read thoroughly and move forward carefully. I was sure I knew what I was doing and sewed the pocket linings on wrong (Step 1!). I'm always more likely to need the seam ripper the second time I do a pattern. Also, write down your model’s measurements: I remembered 19" for the waist, but thought that was the final length of the elastic I needed instead of her actual waist measurement. I had to open the waistband up to re-cut the elastic so her pants won’t fall off.
From my model preferring to wear washi tape on her navel instead of the clothes I've sewn for her, to the ingenious way that I’ve re-purposed my favorite sewing tool, a chopstick, into a spool pin for double needle sewing on my machine. Daily updates on Instagram (and Flickr) of works-in-progress will give you that behind the scenes view you’re looking for, and sneak peeks of First Tuesday Tutorials, too.