I can't believe it's already Day Five. I'm looking forward to having the day off of work tomorrow to sew all day. I finished this shirt yesterday morning (or maybe it was the day before?).
I got a few shots of the shirt alone while everyone was still asleep and planned to race home after work to take some with Addie actually in the shirt, but it ended up pouring rain.
The weather was much better today. A bit cold, but we survived for a few photos.
I wasn't all that crazy about the fabric at first. Addie picked it out from the "Homespun" section at Jo-Ann Fabrics. There are some really great things made out of gingham in some of the kids clothes flickr groups I like to follow, so I thought it had promise. (Check out this great shirt from the KCWC flickr group.) As you might know, I've been working through my stash, but I wasn't in any hurry to use this one.
Nevertheless, I found a pattern in this book to try.
It's actually the one on the cover. It comes in a dress version, too, which is actually what made me want to buy the book in the first place. I'm actually really happy with how it turned out, and I think it's the perfect pattern for that fabric.
It has a slightly Western feel with the V-shaped yoke in the back.
So I decided to continue on that theme with some pearl snaps.
I tried the method they recommend on the package which is to hold a spool over the snap and pound it with a hammer. I ended up shattering the pearl part, so I broke down and bought the pliers. They weren't quite as magical as I expected, but they did end up working better - after I screwed up the first few - luckily on a scrap of fabric and not on the shirt.
I think it's the first shirt I've made with a pointy collar instead of a rounded one, so that was kind of fun. The yoke part actually overlaps the shoulder parts which was a cool technique I hadn't tried before either.
The pattern also had a few nice little touches like sleeves that role up and snap (or button) into place with a tab. I was a little hesitant to use the snaps there, too because when the sleeves are unrolled, you see the boring side of the snap. I'll probably keep them rolled up anyway.
I didn't have quite enough fabric. Sadly, I think I'm going to have to start buying more than just a yard to make shirts for Addie. I only had to find more fabric for the under-collar and the finishing strip at the inside of the neck. I ended up using a cute green print I had (Carolyn Gavin, I think) that I think looks pretty cool with the purple - although you really can't see it much.
How are you doing on your KCWC? I'm almost done with my next project - just buttons and buttonholes left. I think I'll take some time off tonight after that to look at everyone else's blogs and photos and start fresh in the morning.
I'm thinking I really should apply this KCWC technique to a few other things like organizing/editing my photos and finishing up some quilts. I think I might just be ready for taking a break from sewing kids clothes after this week to do just that.
But then again . . .