(Um yeah, this is what I look like at 6:30 in the morning when I’m getting my picture taken)
This week I have been obsessively reading Wendy Mullin’s book, Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe. Before this point in time, I have basically sewn by trial and error. I have never read a sewing book. After reading it, I realized that sewing definitely would not have been as painful a process to learn if I had just done that in the first place. I was very happy to learn about some things that I have not been doing, but probably should, such as blocking my fabric, and fray-proofing the inside edges of my seams.
I absolutely love the format of this book! She gives helpful tips on everything from choosing fabric to altering patterns, and she also gives three basic patterns (a shirt, a skirt, and pants) that are highly customizable. If you are just starting out sewing, or if you are looking to improve it, I highly recommend this book.
Yesterday, I was inspired to make my very first shirt. I based it off of her shirt pattern, but I made it a loose pull over top instead of button up, and I made it into a tank. I used a lightweight 100% cotton incorporated with metallic threads.
I think I may have made it a bit too big…while I wanted it to be loose, I still want it to fit around the arms a little better. I may be able to fix this by bringing in the side seams a little bit.
Overall, I am pleased with the result. It has definitely given me more confidence to try some more tops. I think the next time I do one I will try to stick more to the original pattern. This will help me understand which things I can play around with and which things I should leave as they are.