Here it is...
|The finished nightshirt!|
The mismatch buttons - I found in the tin of buttons I was given by my fellas mum.
And I feel so satisfied!
It may seem a small thing - but I actually finished it.
I am known to start things in a flurry of excitement only to loose interest halfway through and abandon a project..
So that's another reason I feel quite pleased with myself!
And during this process - which took two weeks in the end of doing a little sewing and often - with a few days in between of no sewing - due to the fact am in the process of a house renovation so am allowing that!
I've learnt lots of new things!
These are (in no particular order):
- How to make a pocket
- How to use the buttonhole foot on my sewing machine and that my machine has a 'bl' error code which stands for button lever - and that my machine has one that has to be engaged for the buttonhole foot to work (thank you google)
|The special buttonhole foot|
- How to use a twin needle which I used on the arm cuffs
- About the importance of constantly pinning and pressing (even if it feels like a phaff - it's so worth it)
- Taking my time. As soon as I start to get frustrated with the sewing/project - to stop and do something else! It took me three goes to do two of the six buttonholes as for some reason my machine kept getting 'stuck' but I got there in the end after lots of unpicking and trying again.
|Sewing the buttonholes|
- To ask for help! Thank you to Joelle and Sue for the help with getting a neat and flat collar as part of the first sew-a-long we had last week. (This would have prob. been about the point I would have abandoned a project in the past!)
|Messy collar - before!|
|Neat collar - afterwards!|
- Clipping seams! (applies to collar comment above)
- Having the support and encouragement from all the super people who have joined me on this 'journey into dressmaking'! So thank you!
- Measuring the fabric before starting - and not just *thinking* there will be enough. Although it has turned out well really as I used up other bits of shirt fabric I had around the house.
- Having to adapt the pattern as I didn't have enough fabric to make long sleeves - so made short ones instead
|Using fabric I had around the house for the 'detail' bits|
- Making things yourself is very satisfying. And to take a few moments to say 'I Made That' and be pleased with yourself - is a good thing to do!!
- This nightshirt didn't cost me any ££s to make - I already had everything I needed! It cost me in 'time' but I think that was time well spent.
- That I can do it, it was fun and I'm excited about making my next item!
|Back view of the nightshirt|