Sewaholic Granville Shirt – Giddy up

La version en español se encuentra aquí.

It took forever to get these pictures taken. A bit of sunshine and warmth is long overdue…

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For this shirt, I found my inspiration with Madonna… I think I’ll leave the cape for another day, but I have always loved her look in this video: -not to mention COWBOYS-

Damn, now I need a black leather shirt…

I love sewing shirts, I don’t particularly like wearing shirts. But I love my new belt and wanted a shirt that goes with it. Behold, the logic of my brain.

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Enter the Sewaholic Granville Shirt. I love the apparent simplicity of the shirt, but between the princess seams on the back, the two-piece collar and the sleeves with cuffs and plackets, it still provides a challenging sewing experience and the end result is a great classic shirt.

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I knew from my Cambie that the fit would be great, made for girls with a pear-shaped body, just like me… I cut a straight size 10, which comes closest to my actual measurements. I think the back is maybe a bit wide, but all in all I like the fit as is, and it gives me enough room to move my arms in all directions when I’m dancing around in my living room.

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I wanted a Wild West style shirt so I chose this burgundy red cotton dotted with little stars. I added two breast pockets but didn’t add the flaps.

I also put french seams throughout the entire shirt. It gives a really neat finish overall and you don’t end up with ugly exposed seams when rolling up your sleeves.

Tasia doesn’t use the normal way of putting on the collar. I followed the directions that came with the pattern, and the result is a really nice collar, but it doesn’t look better than my normal way (which is to put the collar together entirely and then sew one side of the collarstand to the shirt and then handsew or topstitch the inner collarstand in place) and I was really confused, so next time I will just do it the old fashioned way… I am a creature of habit…

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So this is it, my new shirt. And I love it. Love looking at it and love wearing it!

Now all I need are boots. And a horse.

TNT M6044 – Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose…

My husband is a very lucky man ! (FYI This is sarcasm, I honestly don’t understand how he puts up with me and my whims day in day out, I know I wouldn’t, I guess he’s some kind of saint…)

In the last half year I have made 4 shirts, 2 which you already saw, 2 I am about to reveal right now.

First of all, the winning shirt.

A while ago, the man who holds my heart came home with a surprise. He had just bought fabric for a shirt…
I bet they don’t see that too often in any fabric shop, a man on the prowl…
As a non-sewer, he did not pay any attention to any of the following aspects: slipperiness, fraying, fabric type,… Needless to say, this fabric was slippery, fraying like hell and is of an undefined content. Oh, and to top it all off, it’s a plaid. That is 4 out of 4 aspects I hate in fabrics. Well done, dear!
I should have told him to forget about it, but I am a weak little bird, especially because everyday I get fed delicious home-cooked meals and I don’t have to do my own laundry… A shirt once in a while is just levelling the score, I guess, sort of…

I remembered all my good intentions of last time I made this shirt, and cut the back yoke, pocket, button placket, sleeve placket and cuffs on the bias.
For the collar attachment I used this idea and changed the order of construction, and for the collar assembly I used this tutorial. To my surprise, I made this work! Never going back to my old method!

The plaid matching on the front is not 100% acurate, but because of the bias cut placket, it doesn’t really show (except I notice it and cringe every time I see it). Ward is happy with his shirt, so that makes it SCORE! 

We’re enjoying this Indian Summer for as long as it lasts! Crossing our fingers that it goes on ’till the New Year…

And now, the EPIC fail… 

The last shirt I made for Ward had a very Taylor Lautner-effect where this shirt has an Adam Sandler-effect. Not exactly what I was aiming for…

It’s the same pattern as the first shirt I made for my HB, so I know there is nothing wrong with that side of this creation, it is the fabric.
In the store, I didn’t notice anything wrong with it, but as soon as I got it out to start cutting I knew something was off. Let me explain: it’s spongy and it stretches. And not in a good way like this fellow.

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 I know what you’re thinking, there is nothing good about this fellow – especially his laughter causes my ears to bleed everytime I hear it – but then I read a blogpost about Spongebob’s redeeming qualities. I still won’t watch the show without bleeding ears, but it was a nice read.
Anyway back to the shirt…
I hate it and my machine hates it. Remember a few months ago when she broke down? This is the shirt that was responsible for that…
Buttonholes on this shirt didn’t work either, so I put on snaps. The last two are not placed correctly but because we hate this shirt, we’re not changing that… It won’t be worn anyway.

My husband hates it too. It looks awful and weighs too much to be comfortable. Oh, and have I said it, it’s UGLY! But at least he now has a shirt to put on if we ever get invited to an ‘Ugliest Shirt.Ever-Party’. Besides, he chose the fabric, so we can all agree no blame is to be put on me…
Behold the evidence of the horribleness…

I guess you can’t win ’em all…

Do you guys have things you made that you hate?

Deer and Doe Airelle and an Award, my first EVER!

*** Warning *** Crappy mobile phone pictures coming up ***

*** Next project are more exciting, I promise! ***

I wanted to post this 2 weeks ago before we went to Belgium to visit family and friends, but never got round to taking pictures (and now I only got round to snapping a few bad pics with my mobile phone), so here it is now…

My Deer and Doe Airelle.

Please don’t mind my hair. I have a long standing love-hate relationship with my hair. I had long hair (I didn’t go to the hairdresser’s for over 2 years), then decided I didn’t want that anymore. I went to a hairdresser and asked for short asymmetrical hair and she said she wasn’t going to do that, but that she would cut it to shoulder-length. I hated it from the minute I stepped outside. (Push-over much, me?) My hair doesn’t have a nice drape (yes, this is a fabric analogy) when it is shoulder length, it does what it does in the above picture. Mad Max Tina Turner… And I hate my bangs right now too, they’re not short enough to lay flat but not long enough to lay neatly aside. So now it is growing again and it will take me at least another 2 years before I go to a hairdresser again! But until then I will just have to make do.

First comment my husband gave: Very pretty, well done again! Too bad I don’t really agree. This shirt does nothing for me… I don’t dislike it, but I’m not in love with it either. I don’t know what it is.
It could be because I really hate what the neck facing is doing, and I don’t know if it is my fault for messing up, or if the pattern is just not wide enough, or maybe it has something to do with my fabric… More on that later…  Another possibility is the fact that it is a shirt and thus I am forced to wearing pants (or a skirt if I had one that goes with it) and I don’t like waistbands. At least not in summer, in cold weather I don’t mind because I have to wear stockings anyway. So I’ll just put this shirt away until my body doesn’t reject waistbands anymore.

Unlike with my Bleuet, I set my pride aside and cut size 42. Cutting a size 42 makes me sad. In my mind my ideal size would be a 38. When I have to cut a 40 that’s OK to me because that means I’m really close to a size 38  but cutting out a 42 means I’m a long way from my (self-imposed) ideal… Maybe pattern companies could change their sizing to animal-names (although I don’t recommend a size Elephant) or colors or … Just anything but numbers or letters…
Now about the fabric…
Someone please stop me when I’m in a fabric store and keep looking and coveting the slippery stuff and redirect my attention to the cottons? It is some kind of polyester because this fabric DOES NOT breathe. It sticks to my body and I feel sweaty after about 30 seconds.
But just look at this fabric… They are poodles. POODLES, I tell you. How can you pass on poodles? You are absolutely right, you can’t! And so now I am paying the price…

Due to my attraction to the poodles, I’m in a lot of trouble with the neck facing. I not only understitched the facing, I even stitched it in place under the collar, but it still pops up… Anybody have any idea how to remedy this? Preferably a method that does not involve invisible handstitching…

The pattern calls for a double-folded hem, which I replaced for a very fine rolled hem, because taking off 2 cm of the length would make the shirt too short. Now it ends where I kind of want it to end, sitting on top of my butt, not above and not under it.
And although I don’t really like it, I still get complimented over the doggy shirt. Nobody seems to notice the facing sticking out, or maybe they are just too polite to say anything about it…

On a completely different note, from here on I am my own positive self again, I got my first ever Blog Award. I was so happy when I got the news. Like everybody I like to be liked… Preferably publicly… 
I was awarded the Super Sweet Blogger Award by the lovely Kim from Reves Mecanique.  A very pretty (as you can see in her pictures) and smart (she is a veterinarian) lady that makes super clothes and bags, like a Megan Nielsen Cascade, a very cute Deer and Doe Datura Blouse, a gorgeous Gertie’s Wiggle Dress, and she went to Burning Man last year… Thanks Kim, I feel really honored!

THE RULES: 
1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.
3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.
4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) of other deserving bloggers.
5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.

THE 5 SUPER SWEET QUESTIONS – these are really hard for me to answer because I don’t eat processed foods, especially if it involves anything made from soy and it’s derivates and refined sugar, but I am a sinner sometimes, so here goes:

1 – Cookies or Cake?  
Homemade Chocolate-Chip Cookies, definitely my favorite. But my mom makes a wicked apple-cake too…
 2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate, the darker the better, no doubt about it. Belgian genes, do I need to say more? (But my favorite chocolate is Spanish, a brand named Amatller Chocolate. They have some über-cute tin can packages).
3 – Favourite Sweet Treat?  
Marshmallows, I can just keep eating those.
4 – When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? 
 When I am tired, the sugar-rush wakes me up for a little while.
5 – Sweet Nick Name? 
I am not deserving of a sweet nickname, but my mom sometimes calls me “Zoetje” which translates as “Sweetie”.

I nominate the following bloggers – I don’t know if any of these people already received this award, but here goes:

A whole lot of firsts…

… and not everything is sewing related (but most of it is), so if you’re only here to see what me and Aline made together, just watch the first photos and then move on to the next post in your blogroll, if you want to know what’s next, just read on… I promise there is some fun stuff at the end…

Last time I was here, I left you all with a very intriguing question about my plans for the future and a picture of Taylor Lautner. Does that boy have a nice set of abs and some shiny white teeth, not to mention a nice belly-button. Who cares about winning an Oscar for your acting if you have all that going on…
Carolyn was spot on with guessing that I might be making a shirt. I feel like she deserves a prize for that… Maybe I will. I’ll definitely brainstorm about it… Maybe I’ll definitely do it.
She made shirts too, she made 2 shirts, one for each of her sons, you should check it out!

Due to a lack of a 20-year old son, I made a shirt for my husband.
Two weeks from now, we are going to a wedding and he’s best man to the groom for the ceremony at city hall, another friend is best man for the ceremony in the church. Every male participant in the bridal party is required to wear the same -rented- suit. I hope Ward’s suit fits, because we’re flying in the day before the wedding and so his suit is ordered and “made to measure” based on the measurements of his own wedding suit. If that’s not a recipe for suit-disaster, I don’t know what is… But he really looks good in a suit. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

Yes, this is on our wedding day


He is supposed to provide his own white shirt. A white shirt looks great under a grey tuxedo but is there anything more boring and plain than a white shirt? I think not.

So, to make Ward feel a little bit more stylish and to add a bit of personality to his atire of the day, I made him a dress shirt. We went to Bilbao -again- to our favorite fabric store and bought a really lovely 100% cotton satin. It was great to work with, has a nice weight and a really pretty, but not to obvious, shine.

I chose Vogue 8889, a pattern with 3 variations on the package, but if you want to, you can make that four, just add pleats to view A…

I went for this pattern because of the pleated detail on the front, side front and back seams, hidden buttons and because the sleeves have a placket. All ingredients you need to whip up a nice shirt.

Before cutting I measured my husband again. I do that everytime I make something for him, to get him to take his shirt off just to be sure. It’s probably my favorite step in the entire process of making something for him.
Just kidding… NOT!
Turns out that guy comes right out of the pattern-envelope. A perfect size 36! I would like to say a perfect everything, but I’m afraid you might run away from all the cheesiness…

So now on to the firsts related to this shirt.

Pleats were not a first for me, I already made a dress with pleats so I knew I had nothing to fear.
Pleats are great! They look classy but are really easy, just like me. Just kidding, for real this time!

 


What was a first for me were the flat felled seams. I thought this was quite a risk because of the importance of this shirt. But, I didn’t mess a single one up… Yeay, job well done!

Caution – this photo of a white shirt taken with flash may permanently damage your eyes


I did make a mistake whilst flat felling the sleeve and side seams. I sewed the first row of stitches with the wrong sides together and it wasn’t until after I was done with both sides that I googled the correct way to do this. Turns out if you want to flat fell sleeve seams you have to put them right sides together, but then you have to fuss about with the sleeve to make it pass under the machine without stitching through the other side of the sleeve. So I decided not to unpick the side seams and flat felled those suckers by hand…

That took me about 2 hours, but I think that unpicking and redoing the whole thing would take just as much time, if not more, and then the fabric would look really manhandled because pins leave markings on this fabric, so imagine what unpicking two entire seams would look like… From hand-made to home-made instantly. NOT what I’m going for here…

Another really exciting first was that I discovered how to attach buttons with my machine… It takes just as long as doing it by hand (to be honest, it takes longer) but it’s a matter of principle. If Aline can do it, than I’m sure as hell not going to!


In the middle of making this shirt, my iron suddenly started to steam rust stains. Panic mode was activated and a new iron was bought. For those who are interested, it is a Rowenta, made in Germany (manufactured in the EU is a very important consideration in our purchases), gets really hot really fast and has nice steam. And it’s really pretty because there are Gingko leaves printed on the outside… Gingko trees are my favorite trees, so it was meant to be…
So here is the final result. He wasn’t really happy with the Taylor Lautner-pose I made him do, but hey, if you want me to make you a shirt, that’s the price you have to pay…


And just to give you an idea of how it looks all buttoned up:


Now on to other firsts…

* My first Deer and Doe patterns arrived. The Bleuet dress and the Airelle blouse. All that is in my way of starting on them, is the pair of shorts that I already cut out last week… Can’t wait! They include English instructions now, so no more google translating! And in the meantime, I saw a really pretty Datura-blouse made by Rachel.

* My first PaperCut Patterns arrived. The Rite of Spring shorts and the Watson cape. I thought about making the shorts first, but since someone said there isn’t going to be any summer in Spain this year, I might get started on the cape first (I think they might be right, because up until 3 days ago I was still wearing my winter coat).
Let me tell you, these patterns look really great. A lot of thought went into the packaging as well, and I love the fact that everything is made of recycled paper. Yeay!

* I knitted a scarf. I wanted a faux-fur scarf to wear to before-mentioned wedding because the weather in Belgium can be a little unpredictable. I stumbled into a yarn-shop and saw the most amazing thing… Fur yarn. Just really hairy yarn and if you knit it, it looks like fur. It’s great! So that’s what I did. Pictures will be posted when the wedding is over.

* I made jewelry. I don’t consider myself very handy when it comes to things like that, but I was looking for accessories for -again- that wedding. I could seem to find anything I really liked RTW, so I went to a shop where they sell beads and threads and earpins and God knows what else, and bought everything I need to make my own necklace and earrings. It’s work in progress but it’s almost done. All I need to finish is a bit of superglue.



I’m not really crazy about the whole skull trend, but it was the only bead that was black and glittery, and I really wanted a bead to match my shoes. Is that irational and exagerated? I think not…
*** Update *** Husband-dear didn’t like the necklace I made and sent me out to buy one we saw in Zara… But I’m still going to wear the earrings.

* I made curtains. It’s not the first time I did this, in our old house I made curtains for the kitchen and the hallway, but they’re the first curtains I made for our new house and a lot more are to follow, so it counts as a first. I still have to hem them, but the shirt was deemed more important… 

* For the first time since we’ve moved to Spain almost two years ago, my husband and I went away alone without our son. I instantly named it our Romantic Lovefest. That’s because Ward’s parents are visiting for a whole month and they didn’t mind playing babysitter while I tagged along on a work-trip to A Coruña. I will tell you more about this later, but let me just leave you a picture of my Flamingo-dress in action, and Holy Mother of Jesus, did those Flamingos get some action!

Yes, I am doing what you think I’m doing…
While we’re at it, let me show you another one of my creations in action:

Give Buddha some sweet lovin’ baby!
Yes, we are crazy like that.

XO









My man´s new shirt

One of the fabrics from my Birthday Batch was a blue plaid, sought out by my husband for the shirt I promised him more than a year ago.

I used this pattern, view E, the cowboy version. I made him the smallest size, and although I like the way it fits around his body, the sleeves are to short and the collar is too narrow, the upper button doesn’t close without him choking, which could come in handy in the future, but for now I enjoy having him around… (Just kidding!) So next time I’ll be sewing a bigger size.

On this blog I saw another version of this shirt, and I really, really like it. I’ll try to remember next time to cut the yokes and pockets on the bias. I messed around a lot trying to line up the stripes, but it didn´t work out entirely. I’ll also have to buy more fabric next time if I want to put the bias-plan into action…

He was very excited about having his own photoshoot, he kept inventing new poses and wouldn´t let me stop taking pictures, so here they are: my man (Am I not the luckiest girl in the world?) and his shirt…