I started by digging through my stash. I found the blue fabric first. When I bought the blue piece of fabric, I knew that I wanted a shirt out of it and exactly what design I wanted embroidered on it. I wanted to make more than one shirt, so I continued digging through my stash until I found this brown piece that Mom had given me a couple of years ago. I cut the two shirts out and started to sew. In the sewing process, the blue shirt went astray. Nothing in particular went wrong. I just didn’t like the way it sewed up or how the embroidery design looked. On the other hand, the brown shirt sewed up great. I was not going to embroider on the brown shirt. I thought it was busy enough. My husband thought I should so he picked out a design to put on it, and I really like the way it turned out. Ironically, the blue shirt that I was so excited to make and just knew I would love, is now the “ok” shirt, and the “ok” brown shirt is the one that I think I will enjoy wearing. I have not worn either yet, so we will see.
One note about the blue fabric, I was going to make the blue shirt with a collar, but after washing the fabric, I did not have enough fabric to make one. I was shocked by how much the fabric shrank. I could have cut out the facings separate, but I did not want to due to the rayon in the fabric and not being able to iron a crisp seam. I have learned the shrinking lesson the hard way over the years.
Always, ALWAYS prewash the fabric! In fact, I have learned this lesson so well that I am almost fanatical about pre-washing. I wash my fabric in hot water, of course fabric depending, and dry it completely in a hot dryer. Yes, I do have to do some ironing before cutting, but it is well worth it in the long run. Nothing is worse than to spend the time making a garment, wearing it once, washing it and never wearing it again due to shrinkage. There is my soap box rant for the day.