Burda 6874 in the Wild

Mostly I’m a selfish sewer. And why not? ‘Tis my time…those precious, fleeting, snatched hours in the evening when the babes sleep. I don’t have much time to sew and I have way too many plans for my wardrobe to make much time for kindness. I did once agree to make a jacket for my sister. She bought the fabric, I cut it and partially assembled it, then…promptly forgot about it. It now languishes in my ufo pile. Actually, the reason I stalled was the pattern was wrong for the fabric choice, it wasn’t behaving and would have required too much work to fix. Lesson learned there: pick something tried and tested when lending your sewing time to someone else’s wardrobe. One day I will try to fix it. Or perhaps make her an entirely new jacket.

Despite this aversion to kindly sewing acts I embarked on a shirt sewing mission for the man. He was rather taken with the idea of a Liberty shirt when we were last in London but, you know, being a sewer and therefore prone to fits of ‘I can make anything cheaper’ arrogance I said I’d make one for him.

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The pattern is Burda 6874: a classic button-down shirt. The fabric is not Liberty. This version is more of a wearable muslin made up in a lovely soft – and more affordable – cotton flannel. I thought it best to try out the pattern before splashing out on the designer stuff.

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I made a quick muslin to check fit – good thing, as I had to go down a size. Apart from that the shirt fits well out of the packet. And now, as the unselfish sewing bug has got a hold of me (whether I like it or not), I am looking out for a suitable man-friendly Liberty print for the next instalment. One, of course, that can stand up to some high jinks in the local park.

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A special shout out to the Bernina edge-stitch foot #10. I couldn’t have down it without you, you wondrous piece of metal.


Grainline’s Archer Shirt

This is my second Archer shirt and the first with the ruffle back. I really love this pattern. It deserves its reputation as it is flattering, easy to wear and totally classic. I think I’ll be wearing this one for a long time! Image Image I made it in a beautifully soft, white viscose fabric. It feels so nice to wear. My only gripe is that it wrinkles like crazy – doesn’t all viscose though? I took these photos after wearing the shirt all day and I think you can tell. I look ever so slightly disheveled! I don’t think it detracts too much from the shirt however. In fact I think it adds to its casual, effortless look. I cut a size 8, did a full bust adjustment of 1″ and lengthened the body by 2″. Next time I might bring the shoulders in slightly as I think they are hanging off me a tad. I may also shorten the sleeves by half an inch Image Image And, it seems that barely a make goes by without one boob or another. And here it is…I put the cuffs on the wrong way! Not entirely noticeable but very annoying. I plan to make more of these shirts – many more – so all fitting and cuff issues will be ironed out. Although I wouldn’t put it past myself to put the collar on the wrong way next time! And as a bonus extra…I made my skirt too… Image Image It’s a self drafted skirt that I’ve made a couple of times now. It’s just a simple mini skirt with zip back – nothing fancy. I made this with a mystery tweed from John Lewis’s remnant bin. I think I paid a fiver or thereabouts so it’s a cheap wardrobe addition. BTW the skirt is perfectly straight at the waist – I’m just standing lopsided. And if you are reading this, congratulations for making it to the end of my very first blog post. I’ve been reading sewing blogs for a year (I’m a bit late to the online party) and talked about writing my own for a few months. It took an on-the-spot question about New Years resolutions on the 1st Jan for me to resolve to just go ahead and do it. Expect to see more…!