Monday, December 29, 2014

Finished In Time

In the post below, I worried that I wouldn't get the Darth Vader item made in time. The first day of sewing saw two pockets and the shoulder seams get done.

The pattern called for just one pocket but I decided two would be better and make it more distinctive. If I'd thought about it, I could have lined the pocket piece on the fabric better so that they really disappeared into the fabric. It's tough to see them, but the design breaks on each side just enough.

On the next sewing day, I realized I hadn't cut the collar facing. How many years have I been doing this?

The collar was attached and ready for the next day, which was a Saturday, and would be a full day of sewing.

And, on that Saturday, I realized I had forgotten to cut out the front shirt facing. Yes Deb, it does get interfacing but it also needs a facing. See? Read the pattern. Thankfully, I had bought more material than I wound up needing so there was ample for the facing. Come Saturday evening, it was actually a shirt.

The only thing it needed on Sunday was hems on the sleeves and the bottom and the buttons and button holes. I even put one of my "Created by" tags in the back. I need to find more of those. Although I don't sew like I used to, I have ideas and I like the personalized touch the tags give.

On Sunday, I  finished the hems and did the button holes. Those have always made me nervous. Even with better machine technology, I still don't always get them the right size and then worry about them unraveling or that I won't get the button placed in the right spot relative to the hole. I popped Despicable Me 2 into the BluRay and sewed on the buttons. The shirt seemed to look right, hanging there. Proof would be when the recipient actually put it on.

That happened on Saturday, December 20th.

The kids drove all night on Friday the 19th, arriving at the house at 5:30 a.m. After a bit of sleep, we wandered around for a late lunch and then opened presents. We were headed to Iowa for Christmas so taking our gifts with us only to bring them back was dumb. I worried, as the shirt hung off my light, that it wasn't the right size. Even though I had sewn the size Carole told me, there was this worry until Larry put it on.

Perfect fit.

Remember my saying that the fabric was supposed to glow in the dark? We checked. It does. It's beyond awesome.

The other sewing I was going to do for Christmas didn't get done. There is, however, Valentine's Day upcoming.

I can't wait to hear the comments when he wears this shirt to work.

Beverage: Dr Pepper


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