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B & W checked shirt/blouse

Added Feb 23, 2010

by charlsfarls

Preston, United ...






A shirt I made using black n white 1/4in check cotton fabric – note the sleeves are rolled up on purpose, and not because somehow I managed to sew on one sleeve the wrong way, despite matching up the notches correctly!!! The plackets are facing different ways, one back, one front! Think I must have gotten mixed up with the fabric being exactly the same front and back.

So yet another project with a steep learning curve for me! Other than that, was pleased with how it turned out. Used binding on the hem – I hate doing baby hems, find them hard work and fiddly but I’ll give it a whirl again next time. Learned how to stitch yokes, cuffs, and collars on this project which I found really useful and easier than I thought it would be once i got started.

I want to try and make the Talea coat – have my fabric ready and waiting here but after this performance, I think I better flex and exercise my sewing muscles a bit more yet!

Material Notes

bias binding




Garment Type
Cotton, Satin

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    Jan 25, 2013, 03.40 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Great job, love this style with a large check gingham. With fabrics with no discernable right & wrong side I usually put a coloured cotton tailor’s tack in, the tails/fluffy bits of the tack are to indicate the right side. It can easily be removed when you’re done.

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    Mar 3, 2010, 08.56 AMby charlsfarls

    Ah thanks so much! It does actually sit better at the back though it looks all bunch up somehow in the picture! I perhaps might need to take the back darts in a bit. Im a funny shape! It was a good confidence builder, Ill have to have a go in another fabric, and I think Id like my next one to be a bit longer.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 08.11 PMby chelsesaurusrex

    Oh man, I know what you’re talking about, in regards to fabrics with no real right side and wrong side. I’m making this plaid shirt that has literally taken months now, because I keep sewing backs to fronts wrong and then I have to rip seams, which I hate so I’ll just put the shirt away and make something else instead.

    Your shirt turned out really nice, though, and has motivated me to restart that damn plaid shirt.

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