For my shirt, I took my trusty stretch shirt block (mine is based on a standard size 10 stretch block that I have been modifying bit by bit to get the perfect fit for me), and inserted a seam in the front just to the side of the bust line. Then I cut 3 strips of equal length, 1.5 times the width of the front panel. I overlocked and hemmed the bottom edge of the strips. The bottom two are simply sewn straight on where they sit, and the top row I stitched on right sides together, and flipped the strip down to hide the raw edge.
I also wanted to experiment with my new coverstitch machine (I haven't told you about that yet, have I?), so I used it around the neck edge and for the lower hem. It seems to be a bit temperamental, and has a habit of missing stitches, but not so much that you notice. For a first use, it seems like a good addition to my arsenal of sewing machines. If I had thought to take step by step photos I would have been a tutorial together for this, but I didn't, so I hope you can follow my ramblings above if you wanted to do one yourself.
|Temperamental cover stitch machine loves skipping stitches!|
|I love how this neck edge turned out with one line|
of stitching on either side of the seam
Don't you hate it when you find something wrong with your fabric after you've put in all the hard yards sewing it up? I found this hole (left photo) just next to one of my seams, so I did a bit of
Sorry about the shadows in my photos, it was a very hot day and the photos with me squinting into the full sun were even worse!