In attempt to make this year my best year, I decided to start the year with a new shirt. I pulled out the two yards of fabric I had purchased last fall, sewing machine and sewing bag. My personal challenge was to see how fast I could put together a simple shirt and perhaps inspire others to sewing. I started by laying out my pre-cut pattern and pinning it to my fabric.
Iron bonding to the inside of the fabric the two front collars of the blouse.
Cut off the excess of bonding around the collar.
Next, sew the front of the blouse to the bonded side of the fabric. I decided to not use pins for this step; instead, I used fabric glue. When sewing with polyester, silk or sheer fabrics I find that the fabric does not stay in place with pins. Fabric glue used in small amounts can hold the fabric just long enough for you to put stitches in it.
After you complete sewing the front of the blouse to the collar, you need to stitch the other collar to it with ragged edges together. Then you fold back the top collar.
Iron it down the top collar before sewing it completely around the neckline. Ironing prevents folding of the fabric.
Once you complete the front of the blouse, it is time to sew the back of the shirt to the front at the shoulder seams. Then sew the back neckline. It is easiest to do a simple French seam by folding over the fabric twice this will prevent fabric from fraying.
Sometimes while you are sewing your bobbin will mess up and cause the threads to jam up. This is actually an easy fix. Just cut off the threads. Then you will need to redo your bobbin. If it happens again then you need to start with a new bobbin. Your old one could have been cracked.
Now, you have a front and back, it is time to start making the sleeves. Do a French seam on the cuff of the two sleeves. Afterwards, measure the middle of each sleeve and mark it. Pin the center of sleeves to shoulders at the front and back seam. Then start sewing from that seam around to sides of the blouse that is hanging. When both sleeves are attached at the shoulder, try on the blouse. Pin the sides to how you want the shirt to fit. You need to sew the sides of the blouse from the bottom up to where the sleeve fabric starts. Gather the sleeve hem and stitch into the side of your blouse. It will make a V at the seam of where you begin to sew the sleeve into the side of the blouse. Next, continue to stitch around the sleeve all the way up to the shoulder and back around. When you finish the sleeves will be center and reinforced with double stitches. At last stitch the bottom of the shirt with another French seam.
This blouse cost me less than $10 and took me only three hours.