I wanted to sew up another from stash project that I could practice some skills with. But I didn’t want it to be a huge time killer. So I went digging through my pattern stash and selected Simplicity’s 6419. It’s a one size pattern and I have it in a girls size 6. Since it is a uncut pattern I began by tracing off the pieces for top 2. I also selected this blue loose paisley vintage cotton from the stash.
If I remember correctly there are 7 pieces to this top.Which is a few more than I was hoping for with my limited time frame but the directions were easy to follow and the basic construction came together quickly.
Vintage patterns overall do not consider finishing fabric edges. Given this is a kids top and probably will be washed a lot, I thought it best to stray from the directions and add some finishing steps of my own.
After reading the directions, I decided I would serge any exposed edges, like at the facings and sleeve edges. I tried out bias binding seam edges where the front pieces came together and at the sleeves. The side seams where the front and back meet and at shoulders are French seams. The bottom of the shirt is finished with 1 inch bias tape stitched to the bottom and pressed up over the raw edge. The bias tape was then attached to the body of the shirt with a machine blind hem stitch. The blind hem stitch wasn’t so invisible on the top despite the thread being pretty spot on as a color match. I think the fabric grab was just to big and the thread was thicker than the fiber content of the fabric. Could I have taken it out and done it by hand? Yes. But I think the machine stitching would be stronger than hand stitching for a kids top.
Did you notice I overlapped the front panels the wrong way? There is a reason for that. I need a new iron. It doesn’t control its heart setting consistently anymore. Even on the lowest setting it could decide to heat up to the highest setting. This is what happened when I was pressing the facings back.
The fabric got a little scorched mark on it! The easiest solution was to just make this the button side.
Who decided that girls shirts would be overlapped one way and boys shirts the other? What was so wrong with them just all being one way? Anyone out there have an explanation for this?
Anyways my other oops moment on this top was the vey last button hole spacing. It’s a little too high. Of course you don’t notice this until after your button hole is sewn in! I did some great seam finishings that no one will see just to screw up the front! But that is why this was a practice project from the stash.
I sent this off to a little friend of mine and she didn’t notice anything 😉