Live From Instagram, It’s B6041!

When I tell people I make my own clothes, they’re so impressed, and can’t really wrap their head around it. I’m sure other sewers have the same experience … and while it is nice to be thought of as some impressive and wildly intelligent person, it also makes me a bit sad. Sad that so many people have no clue how clothes come together, and no experience whatsoever with sewing (which is as much a useful skill as a creative outlet).
























And that’s why I decided to #livesew on Instagram — to share some steps along the way from conception to completion of a garment, so people can see it’s not rocket science. Of course, it’s unlikely any such people will seek out my Instagram feed for behind-the-scenes shots of a garment being sewn, but … evs.


Interestingly, I found #livesewing to be personally beneficial! #Livesewing pushed me both to recognize the work I put into a garment and finish a garment in a timely fashion. I usually start a garment, then backburner it until I come up with a cool finishing detail or the perfect contrast fabric. With this dress, I picked the pattern, picked the fabric, and focused on constructing it, step by step. No wondering how I could make it better, no buying notions for it that I end up stashing … it’s a good thing. I also that you’re never really alone. I asked a random passerby to take this picture. He was in a hurry, so I asked the next person I saw, and he obliged me. While it’s probably nice to have someone in your life to take photos for you, there are literally thousands of other people who can do so. Just ask!

Anyway, enough camera phone pictures. Let’s get to the good stuff:

Ta-da! A hi-res shot.

I have a database of about five, maybe six poses. One of my favorites is crossing my arms in various ways. I’m not sure why … I do love my arms, though. They’re freakishly long and that cracks me the heck up.

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Pockets, placket.

The pockets on this dress were easy to attach, not the least because I didn’t sew the flap, just the pocket. On version two, I’ll again leave the flap off and increase the pocket size, plus move them further away from each other. Here you can also see I sewed the placket shut; it was threatening to gape, and I was having None Of That. Sewing the placket properly was quite interesting, and a little bit fiddly. Next time, I will shorten the placket by about three or four inches. Part of the reason for gaping was that it goes down almost to my navel! Whaaat? Why is it so long? And that’s not an error, btw — look at the model on the envelope front.

Side seam and bottom hem.

I had so much fun finishing the seams! I zig zagged twice and pinked some of the seams, other ones I zig zagged over the edge and then straight stitched over/through the zig zag. I even did a trim and press finish … finishing seams is actually one of my favorite things to do, because you don’t have to finish all the seams identically, you can tailor the finish to the seam in question.

“A failed neckband is a successful collar.”

So you know how sometimes, on knit patterns, they tell you to stretch the neckband as you sew? Well, normally I don’t. I mean, sometimes I do, but I’m not religious about it. And of course, I didn’t do it here. Big mistake! There’s *definitely* a reason they tell you to stretch the band, it’s to effect tautness to keep the neckband correctly shaped and in place for the life of the garment. Well, whatever. A failed neckband is a successful collar. I flipped the neckband down, tacked it at the shoulder seams, CB, and the little front flaps, and called it a day. #Winning!

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Can you guess what I’m doing?

Here’s today’s action shot — that’s one of my other favorite poses. I love pretending to do things. Not sure why … I’m also the sort of person who repeats snippets of conversation overheard from people walking by. I guess I’m a mimic?

Whew! Today’s post was long. I hope you stuck around because you enjoyed yourself, and not because you were grimly searching for the punch line. :) Have a great day!

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  1. I’m in love with the print. I like the monochrome black and white effect of it and you rock the dress a very perfect pattern for it.

  2. So, first, love your blog. Second, I only just got instagram literally yesterday. Third, consider yourself followed. Fourth, while I’ve never bought a See & Sew (they never go on sale at my Jo-Anns), I am gonna break out my McCalls 6747. Prolly gonna do the shirt first, because I’m hedgy like that. See you ’round.

    1. Awwwww, thank you so much!!! You are going to *love* Instagram. :) And holy duplicates, M6747 is completely the same as Butterick 6041 — right down to the finished measurements …. I do hope you post about your make. I’m a new follower of your blog, too!

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