Monday, February 27, 2012

A second look at the Sencha

So, I may be breaking the rules when it comes to the Shirt a month, but I made a Sencha a long time ago that I kept and even got out to try on every couple of months to find out what I did wrong. I decided with my not being able to really cut our anything or sew much with my foot down, I would try to fix the disaster. This is what I came up with.

Yeah, that's my ride for the next month. It is a pain but nowhere near as bad as crutches. What I finally decided to do was make the front darts along the stomach go higher.

If you look closely I did this in red thread. It did seem to help a lot.

If I make this again, and I just may, I will make it in a size, or probably two, smaller.

I have learned a lot in the last year, so I spotted several things when I really started looking at the shirt. They are embarrassing, and you deserve to see other seamster's stupid mistakes.

I zig zagged the edges of my facings. That's OK, but I've come a long way.

My understitching, well I guess I just didn't know what that was. I stitched through the outside, seam allowances and facing. The neckline is TACKY!

My facing was too short, so I guess I said, "Oh well." I sewed it in too short and just left it raw! What is that!?!

On my sleeves the directions said to hand stitch them down invisibly. I made the stitches so loose and far apart I could actually put my thumb through them.

Am I a snob? No! I think this has been a fun look at where I came from. I wore the shirt to work with no one saying anything about how bad it looked too. I guess it is a win, even if only in my head.

OK, now I have to try to work on that darn red dress. Would you judge me if I missed the deadline?


  1. It's always fun to look back at one of your first garments and try to work out just what the heck you were thinking. Or not thinking, as the case can be. :) It's cool to see how far you've come, looking back on those garments.

    Heh, I like your understitching. :D

  2. I keep my worst dress as I reminder how far I come and to think before making a choice of delight and fabric ...

    1. Ugh, don't get me started on my fabric choices! :-)

  3. I like your ride! Much snazzier than crutches.

    As I'm currently working on my first garment now, this post makes me worry about all the things I don't realize I'm doing wrong :)

    1. Beginner's mistakes will serve as a ruler for progress later on when you need it! It is the best way to learn.

  4. Hi, the pink really looks pretty on you.. and beginners[and long timers too,ha] mistakes are just wonderful learing concepts.. Thanks for sharing.. It helped me feel better about my
    Happy sewing, and I so enjoy your blog. Beautiful garments.
    Hope your foot is better soon. what happened ...I missed that post?

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I had a torn ligament, and had a surgery (Brostrom procedure) to put it back together. I just kind of wish I had left it torn. This is such a pain!