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Shirt is perfect. No idea what size I used.
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Date: 8/22/12 4:58 PM

So, when I first started sewing I made DH a couple of shirts from McCall's 4518. I tried to preserve the pattern and ruined it (I can't remember whether this was a contact paper or Elmer's glue fiasco- either way it went poorly). Oh well, I thought, it was only $1, I'll just pick up a new one.

Except it was out of print. Oops. And since it was out of print, I didn't bother with a review.

But wait! McVogerick had a huge sale to clear out their old inventory, and they had the pattern (McCall's 4518, the Palmer/Pletch convertible collared shirt). So I happily have the pattern again. Unfortunately, I have no idea whether I used a size small or medium for DH. His other Hawaiian shirt, that fits nicely, has 4" of ease. My choices for ease are 3 1/2" or 7". Crap.

So much for knocking out a new Hawaiian shirt this afternoon!

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Date: 8/22/12 5:02 PM

You're so right. Writing reviews is a great way to keep a visual sewing log.

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Date: 8/22/12 5:31 PM

Hear ye, hear ye! Oh, the times I've already referred back to my own reviews, or blog posts, to regain the info that one would think should be remembered....

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Date: 8/22/12 5:34 PM

The worst part is that it's pretty much the only one I haven't reviewed (I have a bunch I haven't taken pictures of, so they're still unpublished WIPs).

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Date: 8/22/12 5:52 PM

Another vote here for review writing! I also like to look back at the things I have made and see what progression I've made in style or fit or technique. It is a great way to see your progress.

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Date: 8/22/12 6:05 PM

If he still has one of the shirts: it'll help to take measurements in strategic spots and compare them to the pattern.

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Date: 8/22/12 7:24 PM

Writing a review is an excellent way to document a project for yourself. I can't tell you the number of times I've gone back to a review I wrote to jog my memory about a technique or product I used.

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Date: 8/22/12 7:30 PM

I know what you mean. I started a blog last year to document my sewing projects and recipes. I post a pic of the item I have made with particulars of patterns and fabrics and anything I changed. I do the same with recipes. My children go to my blog for their favorite recipes and my sewing friends visit for tutorials, etc. I just have to be careful not to post pics of gifts until I have given them ffor fear the recipient sees it prior to the occassion.

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Date: 8/22/12 9:34 PM

I agree with Jada--can't you compare the pattern to the finished shirt?

I'm not great at writing reviews--but I'm an absolute PRO at message board posts! I will pull up old posts I've made to see my step-by-step decision-making process. Just last week I found an old post I'd written on a costuming board about a peasant skirt I'm making again--apparently the first time I made it, I used five yards of fabric, but this time I only bought four. Oops! Yep, the things you'd THINK you'd remember! LOL

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Date: 8/23/12 8:31 AM

It's also helpful to keep a review in progress even if you haven't finished the garment. I began working on two pants patterns, S2860 and S2700, almost 3 years ago. I recently returned to S2860 and had to refer to my private review for details about the changes I made. I hadn't recorded them anywhere else but on PR.

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