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First garment finished
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Date: 1/16/14 12:22 PM

Just finished my first garment since I returned to sewing after 20 years or so. It is a key hole top with long sleeves. I got the pattern out of my Prima magazine. Here are the results

A, probably used the wrong fabric, it was only crepe like polyester, think it was a bit too heavy.

B, did a size 14 which I am but it is a little on the tight side. Shoulders and arms good, bust and below a tad small.

C, the sleeves I am delighted with, I set them in far better than I thought I would.

D, the neck....well what can I say. It is bound and just doesnt sit nicely at all. A big disappointment.

Aw well it will make a lovely cushion cover lol. 😰
-- Edited on 1/16/14 12:24 PM --

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Date: 1/16/14 2:30 PM

Ah well. What's sewing without a wadder or two? :)

I measure a 14 for neckline/shoulders but generally grade out to a 16 for bust and waist. Until I gather up the resolve to do full bust adjustments :)

I'm sure your next project will be even better. Nice work setting sleeves too! Not for the faint of heart!!

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Date: 1/16/14 3:41 PM

You are being too hard on yourself! The fact that you finished your first garment from start to finish with your sense of humour intact and no tears is an accomplishment in itself!Kidding aside, I am learning that sewing and fitting are two very different beasts. My sewing is starting to get a little better with each attempt (2 steps forward, 1 back, etc), but I absolutely dread the fitting part with a new pattern and wind up sewing the same pattern over and over. I keep most of my muslin attempts for comparison - i.e. "what not to do". lol

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Date: 1/16/14 3:43 PM

Congrats on seeing it through! If it helps, you're miles ahead of my first garment - at least it's wearable! Give it some time in the closet and see if it comes out with the flaws miraculously minimized. I've had more than a few things that went from horrible to good after just a few weeks of waiting. If nothing else, you'll have a record of your first and something to look back on as you gain new skills!

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Date: 1/16/14 6:01 PM

WOW! You set in sleeves, bound a neck line and finished the garment. I would call that a great success

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Date: 1/17/14 4:14 AM

Thanks for the support, think I may unpick the binding on the neck and just do a simple hem. My major problem is the lack of females in my family. A man just doesn't see the problems or the flaws, and as for helping to fit something.....well least said and all that lol.

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Date: 1/30/14 11:16 PM

Blondey, as the old saying goes "nothing beats a trial but a failure!" Please stick with it and have fun even through the mistakes. You encourage me with humor. Happy 2014 Sewing!
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Date: 1/31/14 3:33 PM

Congratulations on finishing your top. That's a great start. Each garment will get better and better. You've just begun a long and wonderful journey.

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Date: 1/31/14 3:46 PM

You WILL get better -- just keep going. A lot of sewing is two steps forward and one step back. Much of the pleasure IMHO is the journey. And of course you will get wearable garments along the way, along with some that aren't! That's the norm. Read a few blogs and you'll see that even the really expert sewers/sewists have wadders!

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Date: 1/31/14 6:44 PM

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....Give it some time in the closet and see if it comes out with the flaws miraculously minimized......


Congrats and I second!

Often times i will put my dress away for awhile and then come back to it. Once I forget what went wrong, I can no longer find what "is" wrong. I say keep it as a comparison of your progress for the pretty thing you will make as time goes on.

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