Sunday, March 23, 2014

Finished Item: M6614

Thank you everyone for the funny and encouraging comments on the lost mojo post! :)

I think I am missing mojo because it's "a delicate time" as my husband calls it and I feel like a cow. Maybe a calf...

And I'm "certain" nothing is going to look right and wah. Wah. Wah. I worked myself into a mojo-less frenzy. 

My daughter was harassing me for her sweatshirt but Friday night our furnace stopped working. It got down to 57 degrees on the upper level. I hate to imagine what the temp in the basement was. Since we rent, broken furnace = not. my. problem. The landlord called for a repair guy and by 9 ish we were toasty again. 

Saturday morning, she asked in her nicest, sweetest voice if I could make it "like, today", cause she really wanted to wear it. 

I reused M6614--which is a kinda sucky pattern unless you're a boy or a rail thin girl who likes the oversized shapelessness of it-- she is the latter. 

I randomized the print as much as possible! :)

This was my first hooded item and it was easy! I was all worked up over it for no good reason. 

I was all, well I'm not going to line the hood. Sheesh. And then...doh. Then you'd have to finish the front seam! Hahaha!

I was out of tie dye but I did have some thinner solid navy fleece -- score! (+100 points for stashing fabric!). 

Alterations:
Cut a small pattern with medium hood (we are a big headed people).
Added 2" to the sleeve length. 
Sewed 3/8" side seams (all others 5/8") so it would be a bit slouchier. 
Took a small (1/2"??) hem. 

So now, I'm on a roll. I still do not want to start up on any of my projects though. So I decide to make her tee. As a surprise. 

Now, this kid doesn't like surprises. She likes plans and order. But I figured, what the heck. 

Based on finished measurements, I cut a size 8 A/B cup from McCalls 6927 in this plaid cotton (/poly blend?). 


...all nicely serged. 

...all pressed and stitched. 

I just sewed it up! I have made awesome side slits and I am ready to just hem it and finish the neckline. I'd better try it on her for the hem length. 

I have no pics of it on her as I'd created a mini torture chamber! :-))

This shirt was WAAAYYY too tight across the upper back.

This pic really highlights how broad she is  across the back. 


"Mommmmmmmm!!! This shirt HURTS my armpits!"

The armscye was funky. In fact, that was my only reservation when I saw the pattern envelope; it looks odd on both models at the sleeve. 


I'll have to browse through some books I have on hand to figure out if adjusting for the back width will help alleviate painful armpits or if there's another adjustment that needs to be made. 

In the end, I had to rip out the CB seam while she was wearing it, to get her out. It was hilarious!

Hope to cut out all the pieces for my V8772 shirt today. Then I will have all week to construct it and next weekend too, before the contest ends on the 31st. 

30 comments:

  1. Great hoodie :D I like the navy as the lining - it goes so well. Too bad about the shirt! I hope you can fix that with the adjustment.

    And I can relate to your furnace problem. Our coils went out in the fall and it got down to like 60 - I was dying. . . Sadly it was our problem but not too expensive. Heat is just something we can't live without up here ;-)

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    1. It was so cold! Thanks :) I was surprised by how much I liked the navy inside!

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  2. I love the hoodie! You did a great job! I might, just might, start using my serger full force again.

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    1. Thank you! Omg I love that dang serger!

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  3. Your daughter is beautiful and the hoodie is so cute on her..
    I laughed ,when thinking about you having to cut her out of the shirt...[have had to do this too,ha]
    Proud your getting sewing mojo back.. I have them days too.. And sewing for the grands help..

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    1. Thanks Judy! Oh it was a SIGHT! Ha!

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  4. Very pretty fabric and great for the hoodie. Sorry about the too small shirt. Good luck with the adjustments.

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  5. Getting the top on must have been interesting! Her hoodie is excellent, well done.

    Has your sewing mojo returned to usual levels?

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    1. Accordion I don't know HOW she got it on! Poor thing!!! I told her, next time just say, mom this isn't working! Ha!

      No not yet. But it's okay. I think I have a migraine coming on -or- a sinus infection. Blah.

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  6. Cute girl, Cute hoodie. Yes now that you pointed it out, the sleeves on the top do look as if there was a drafting problem. They look odd on the Models.

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    1. Thanks Kelroc!

      I had planned on making the 3/4 sleeved tunic for myself. Will have to muslin for sure.

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  7. A great hoodie -- I appreciate the part about 'big-headed people' because I have a giant head:) Also, I will be interested if you figure out the armpit thing. My daughter is also slim but broad-shouldered and she encountered this same problem on a woven tank top she made. I thought the solution would be to make the armholes bigger, but that may not be the right thing to do.

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    1. Yesss. large heads unite! LOL!

      Grrr. I only saw one reference in the book I have and it *sounds* like the broad back adjustment will work. I will now have to make a muslin for her - boooo!

      I *should* make a sloper for her.

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  8. Great hoodie and gorgeous daughter!!!.Good luck finding a fix for the T-shirt.

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  9. I started on the mccall's cardi today, and as I was sewing I was wondering how many garments you were whipping up....so the answer is 2!

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    1. Hahahaha! You got me Kyle! :) Can't wait to see your cardigan. I am wearing my black one today. I seem to always be wearing my black one.

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  10. That hoodie is so cool! I LOVE how she wanted it so badly, and then is giving the thumbs up sign! What a doll!

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    1. Thanks Gail!! And she wore it to school today. Sewing mom heaven!

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  11. A very cute hoodie for a pretty model! The color suits her well and she looks really happy wearing it :-) I hope you can fix the t-shirt

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  12. Adorable hoodie and adorable daughter. And good job with the print placement--that could have been a bullseye-disaster-waiting-to-happen without careful placement. I'll be curious to see what suggestions you get re: the McCall's. I'll definitely muslin that one before cutting into good fabric.

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    1. I was a LITTLE worried when she first put it on but, whew! No "bullseye"! Lol!

      It was suggested on PR that the broad back adjustment will cure painful armscye! Will still work up a quick muslin to make sure the sleeve itself is comfortable and allows movement.

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  13. I love your description of 'a mini-torture chamber'! Made me laugh out loud! :) Great sweatshirt...

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  14. I know I'm a little bit late posting to this, but I am very familiar with feeling pinched by the back of the armhole in most RTW and un-altered patterns. It is further worsened by my prominent shoulder blades. I fixed it by adding not only width, but length to the upper back. I lengthen the upper back between shoulder and armhole 3/8", then draw a curve extending out the armhole at the side seam 3/8". (It adds a total of 3/4" width.)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by with tips!

      She has prominent shoulder blades too. I'll have to mock up a muslin for her!

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    2. In case if you want a visual, here's a post I just wrote about it: http://clothingengineer.com/2014/04/how-i-do-my-broad-back-and-sleeve-alterations/

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