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From: blackie
Date: 01-29-2007, 11:04 AM (1 of 19)

This was the last project before my spiral into "sewing depression". I started this shirt before Christmas; I botched the sleeve slit facings (ARGH! What is the trick to those?!), then I sliced into the body of the sleeve with my serger (first time doing that, ever), and I got sick (twice) and I just gave up and didn't sew for weeks.

A couple weeks ago (after help from the ladies on this board) I pulled it together and finished after we moved my sewing room. I just darned the cut in the sleeve and hacked those long sleeves off for a short-sleeve version and finished it and SENT IT OUT. My brother reports he loves it. He just received it in the mail and he wore it to meet up with his girlfriend on their visit together.

The shirt is wrinkled because the fabric is very soft and thin. An inexpensive broadcloth from Joann's. I love the color. It has "fancy" pocket topstitching you can't really see here.

The pattern was Kwik-Sew Mens Western shirt, #1603. As always, a link to my pattern review .


Lookin' cute, feeling good. I made Sophie a winter coat via Ottobre 05/2006 #20 Reefer Jacket. I think I did a great job! More importantly, I can move onto something new. Hurrah!

Some details:

Lining. My husband mocks me for being a sucker for asian-themed prints. Note curved intersection of lining and shell hem - not a mistake, but the method of construction. Kinda odd.

Big ol' buttons for li'l fingers.

A welt pocket! The ones on my last welt pocket project fell apart (must sew down triangles! must!) but I learn from my mistakes. I thought it would be harder on this thicker fabric, but it wasn't.

Pockets are lined with a beautiful, vegetable-dyed organic cotton. So soft.

A hanging loop, cute, practical. Just somethin' you gotta do when you sew a coat.

Kicking arse and taking names, pigtails at the ready.

Link to my pattern review .
see the mundane life of a housewife.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 01-29-2007, 12:44 PM (2 of 19)
Kelly --
The jacket is beautiful. I love the lining. Reminds me of someone. And the big buttons for little fingers is a great feature.
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From: Magot
Date: 01-29-2007, 12:49 PM (3 of 19)
Sophie's coat is great , Kelly. I love the finishing touches and the lining is just great for flashing at people. Pockets look very professional. Pat yourself on the back.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: sewmuchfun
Date: 01-29-2007, 02:35 PM (4 of 19)

Wow!!! I love that jacket and your daughter ( I assume) is a doll.. The shirt came out great!!! I hate making shirts..

great job!!



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From: PaulineG
Date: 01-29-2007, 05:27 PM (5 of 19)
Just like a bought one. Lovely jacket and model too. I'm glad to hear that you're over your depression. I'm sure the results of these projects helped you feel better - at least once they were complete and looking so good.
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From: cshortsew
Date: 01-29-2007, 05:30 PM (6 of 19)
Both projects are very nice.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 01-29-2007, 07:08 PM (7 of 19)
Very nice that jacket & it looks like she does too.
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-29-2007, 08:17 PM (8 of 19)
Great job on both projects Kelli and both recipients are enjoying them!
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 01-30-2007, 05:00 AM (9 of 19)
Wow Kelly! Great job on both projects! Your daughter is so beautiful - she looks like a model in Ottobre magazines :)
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From: Brenisback
Date: 01-30-2007, 05:10 AM (10 of 19)
Kelly what awesome job on both projects...your little girl wears that jacket just like a little cute...very nice sewing job.

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From: MaryW
Date: 01-30-2007, 09:45 AM (11 of 19)
Lovely coat. Everything about it says quality. Nice job Blackie:up:
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From: barbben
Date: 01-30-2007, 10:31 AM (12 of 19)
You did a lovely job on both pieces. And I like that even though you had a few boo boos on the shirt you just 'fixed' the problem. Your jacket reminds me of a coat I made some years ago. I hand tailored the whole thing, really just to prove I could. And I too put in welt pockets and yes, if you remember the triangles they work out great. I still love my coat and wear it every time it is really cold out and I am sure your daughter will get a lot of enjoyment out of the jacket too. Again, good job.
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From: blackie
Date: 01-30-2007, 11:24 AM (13 of 19)
Thanks for the compliments, all. I am lucky in that my daughter really enjoys my sewing and seems to have a full awareness that homesewn clothes are special (hopefully she will KEEP that awareness...! ;-] ).

My friend says, "What will you do with that when she grows out?" As my sewing skills slowly build, this is becoming something I am thinking of. Hence my desire for labels (size and my name). I like to pass on clothes to other families when my childgren grow out. And personally, when I find a homesewn item in the thrift store or whatever I always wish for a "clue" as to its origin.
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From: kmccrea
Date: 01-30-2007, 04:40 PM (14 of 19)
Beautiful! I love it! I, too think the inside should be as well made and pretty as the outside and love to use fashion or unique fabrics for my linings.
Katherine McCrea
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From: mozeyrn
Date: 02-04-2007, 01:02 AM (15 of 19)
I echo everyone else's praises! Great job!!
I'd need a good stiff drink before starting to stitch up a shirt. So, kudos to you!!
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 02-04-2007, 02:12 AM (16 of 19)
Kelli what a great job. I love that pattern. The jacket looks professionally done. Great work. You little girl is a little doll too. She's lucky to have a Mom who does so good. The shirt looks great too.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: jenny-o
Date: 02-05-2007, 02:12 PM (17 of 19)
Very very nice. I've been thinking of making the same coat for my girls but haven't seen the right fabric yet. Olivia (6yrs) also thinks that anything I sew is the most special thing right now. Hopefully that won't change with age. Super job on the men's shirt, something I've never even thought to tackle. You're a brave woman.
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From: h2ofitchef
Date: 02-20-2007, 04:44 PM (18 of 19)
Blackie, I love the coat! Did you say what fabric and I missed it.

Also, I have started makeing (with embroidery machine) my own size lables. Just S,M,L and tack it in a seam somewhere. Like you I sew in order to pass down but without sizes I couldnt fish out of the attic the right stuff and made mine try on for hours!

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From: bridesmom
Date: 02-23-2007, 10:36 AM (19 of 19)
Awesome job on both! I really like the coat, it's adorable. I know what you mean about the slits on the sleeves, who invented those things anyways??
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