Since Spring is already here and the weather will start warming soon I really need to start making some short sleeve shirts. What better pattern to use than "once again" my KWIK Sew 2258. This is such an awesome pattern.
This is the lineup of fabric I have to choose from for this particular shirt. You'll notice the 1st and 3rd fabrics I made the long sleeve version out of. Couldn't help myself, I liked the fabric so much that I went back to JoAnn Fabrics and purchased more of it. Big big fan of seersucker fabric!
I ended up going with the multi colored blue and grey linen though. It's really soft and comfortable feeling.
So lets get to ironing our fabric!
I always wash all my new fabrics on laundry day so there good to go when I get ready to use them. (If I didn't I would never remember which ones needed to be washed and which ones didn't)
I don't know if anyone has ever noticed before but for the most part I lay each one of my pattern pieces out individually and then cut and make any makings I need to on the fabric before I go to the next piece.
After which I then fold each piece along with any interfacing that goes with it and lay them in a separate finish stack next to the pattern pieces used. It's just me, can't help it, when I sew I really like to keep everything organized.
So now I think I'll just cut the pieces out for a minute ; )
Now it's time to start sewing all the pieces together.
On just about every button down shirt I have sewn I always sew on the pocket first before I join any of the other pieces together. I highly recommend the "Wash Away Wonder Tape" to place your pocket instead of pins. It's a awesome double sided tape that's simple to use and really inexpensive. Plus it washes completely out on the first washing. It also helps the top stitching come out nice and even without a hitch.
Now for sewing the yokes together along with the collar.
The burrito really came out easy on this particular shirt when I was done sewing the yokes together. Sometimes you have to play with it for a minute to pull everything out. This time it came out with only a few shakes. Yea!
Now to attach the shirt collar and add the top stitching.
The collar for me is always fun to do, I wish I would have taken more photos of the process. I have a tendency to get so absorbed in my sewing I forget the photo end. I do have to admit though in part why I enjoy collars so much now is because of the excellent tutorial put out in 2013 by Andrea over at Four Square Walls. She made sewing up a collar so...so...so...much easier and loads more accurate. If you haven't had the chance to look at her tutorial you just have to check it out.
Love when a collar comes all together.
Now for the sleeves!
Hmm....As you can see I've attached the sleeve and am now pinning the sides together. Seems to have been another photo black out. On the flip side it means we almost have the whole shirt sewn together. : )
Now I just need to hem the sleeves and bottom.
Instead of folding the sleeves over twice I just zig-zaged the ends and folded them over once before top stitching them. Sometimes it's nice just to keep it simple!
I did however double fold my hem on the bottom of the shirt before top stitching.
Almost there, just have to do the button holes and buttons!
I finished up late night so first thing in the morning as long as it's bright out we'll see about a photo shoot!
Little Loki wanted to join in! So another shirt done that's super comfortable and ready for spring and all the warm weather that comes with it.
I hope everyone is having a great week!
Until next time....Happy Sewing! Seam Ripper Joe