The 2nd McCall's 6044

Mr C likes his shirt so much, he asked for a second one.
I suspect he'll ask for many more, so I decided to modify the pattern and use some of Sherry's tutorials, Kathleen's advice on sewing allowances, Pam's trick for flawless flaps and I made a cardboard pressing tool for the pockets. Simply put, I hacked the pattern RTW style for speedier sewing.

I know some of you are dead set against using RTW techniques in home sewing, but I'm not. In fact I'm quite a fan of them as they really work and in this particular case, I aim to make the same shirt every time so, I decided to try it out. 
When you think of it though, it simply is a matter of choosing whether you trim before you sew or trim after you sew, whether it's suitable for your project or how many times you'll sew the item.
When I sew for myself, I usually make one garment, so there is not much incentive in taking all this extra time to trace the new seam allowance and trim the pattern and I like to have a bit of space to fit as I sew but, for a TNT pattern like this one it really makes sense, because you'll entirely remove one time-consuming sewing step. 
This is also a training run for the Galactica shirts, if this works well, I'll use it. 
I'll keep you posted on the progress, 1/4" seam allowances are really out of my comfort zone and it's making me nervous. I can't wait to see what happens.
Should I clock myself?

2 commentaires :

  1. I think the cardboard template is a must - no worrying about whether the pockets are identical. Smaller seam allowances are supposed to be easier to sew round curves - be interested to know how you get on with them. I'm always worried about ravelling.

    1. I do mean to write a blog post about it, but it really is easier to set in sleeves and collars, that is for sure.


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