Sergio and I have been having a difference of opinion. I love soft, silky, lightweight cotton lawns and voiles. He does not.
And I really needed him today to finish the seams of my second Archer shirt, which I've slowly been working on over the last several days. Like a good girl, I did a sample; tension was off. I adjusted his knobs (double entrendre intended) and tried it again. And again. And again and again and again . . . for close to 45 minutes, until I had this:
Talk about frustrating! No matter what combination I tried, I got pretty much the same result, and the stitching wouldn't even stay consistent along one seam! I did learn something from all my experimenting though: I got better results with a three-thread overlock than with four.
My sewjo has been suffering lately (it seems like there's a lot of that going around, too) but things have been going mostly OK with this project. I hope I didn't just jinx it. Here's what I've got so far:
After I made the first Archer, I thought a LOT about the fit. I scoped out ladies on the street who were wearing buttoned shirts, to see how theirs fit. And then I decided to listen to those of you who said, "It's fine - leave it." The only thing I did differently this time was to change the spacing of the buttonholes, from 3.5" apart to 2.5" apart, in order to fix the gap-osis I had with the first one. This gave me an extra button or two down the front. I hope it works - making the buttonholes is one of the first things I do when I make a shirt. I might want to rethink that if this spacing is off.
Here's a better look at the fabric:
This is one of the fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks line - I believe this one is Baby Bouquet in Berry. I love the red, orange and pink against the light blue background.
I'm not really sure where this week has disappeared to, but it hasn't really been to sewing or knitting - I seem to be spending very little time lately on either, hence the lack of posts! Thankfully, I have plenty of handmade garments to keep me going for quite a while :-)