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Old 10-15-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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Sewing a shirt -total newbie

So I'm reaaallly learning how to sew, and last night I tried to sew the shirt to DD's costume this year (She is going to be a pink leopard!) I just made a pattern using one of DD's long sleeved shirts, and it worked really well... but... sewing the sleeves was SO hard!

In the end it came out okay. My stitching (thank goodness you can't see it!) is crooked, and the shoulders don't sit just right, but they are on there and it is just a costume after all...


Are there any tricks to doing this? I sewed the sleeves together, then the body of the shirt together, and then put the sleeves inside the shirt and sewed them on that way. Is there a better way to do it or do I just need lots more practice?

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Re: Sewing a shirt -total newbie

On small items--like kids shirts--you can sew the top seam that runs across the shoulder (connecting the front and back); then sew the sleeve to the shoulder; now you can sew the sleeve and side seam in one long motion. Make sense?

It's kinda ackward at first but it's way easier than trying to get that little circle around your machine.
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Re: Sewing a shirt -total newbie

Oh, that is so logical! I don't know why I didn't think of it last night.

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I don't get it?
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Re: Sewing a shirt -total newbie

Think about the shirt you have on. If you were to raise your arm straight up there would be one long seam from your wrist to your waist.

In order to do that you'd leave the sleeve open and the shirt "open" when attaching the two together.
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