This weekend I decided to take a look back at some of my early sewing projects. For the most part these garments have been tucked away in the back of my closet since I made them. (With the exception of the pajamas, I think I wore each item out in public only once. Then I quickly came home and hid them away, where, in my opinion, they should stay.) But today I decided to pull them out and reluctantly photograph them. So here you go world – my early projects.
First up, my “moo-jies.” This was the first thing I sewed after I got my sewing machine.
I used Simplicity 9871. This is a unisex pattern, which meant that I had A LOT of extra crotch room. They were also ridiculously high wasted. I ‘fixed’ that by cutting a few inches off the waistband and reattaching it. I actually like these pajamas. They are warm and soft, and I love the cows.
Second I made a denim skirt.
I used McCall’s 3341. I actually made a muslin for this skirt, and it was my first time sewing darts, and installing an invisible zipper. The finishing leaves a lot to be desired though!
This skirt is okay, but it rides up at the waist, so it’s not very comfortable to wear. Also I really dislike my rushed, machine sewn hem.
Third I made another McCall’s 3341 skirt. This time I used a bright printed cotton.
I should have lined this skirt. When I wear it, it sticks to my legs and pulls in funky non-attractive way. Also, look at that terrible finishing. I’m embarrassed. This is what impatience looks like.
Next I went back to pajamas, and tried my hand at a knit fabric. I used Butterick B5432. I don’t have a good picture of these (they were in the wash today – yes I actually still wear these). They fit pretty well, the problem is that they are UGLY.
Then I made this top.
There are so many things wrong with it. First, it’s huge and looks like a pregnancy top. Second, I got seduced by the quilting cotton at the fabric store. I really loved the prints. But it has terrible drape, and it’s not very soft. And finally, it just looks really juvenile to me. I think it might be cute on a five year old.
But I did find a good use for the fabric. I made a pressing ham and seam roll out of it! I found the patterns here.
Finally I made this shirt.
I used McCall’s M5522. I like this pattern and plan to work on the fit and make it again. But what was I thinking with the orange print?
Again, I got seduced by the quilting cotton. Live and learn. I’ll consider this my wearable muslin. This was a good project though because I learned how to make buttonholes and a collar.
So that’s about it for the early stuff. Oh wait! I just remembered that I also made a couple of aprons. I totally forgot about those. Maybe I’ll do a part 2 post. 🙂
Until then, I’m going to put these back away, where they belong.