Pin Basting

Today, I vowed to set a sleeve into my Burda business shirt and bring it one step closer to completion. After two attempts at tradition insertion methods, I gave up in frustration and did a quick Google search for alternate methods. Welcome to pin basting! Firstly, I ripped out the two rows of gathering threads. Starting at the underarm seam, I pinned there and at all other notches before making my way all around the sleeve head. The trick is to pin very close together, managing the ease as you go. Here is my pinned sleeve head and the 70+ pins I used!

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I then basted twice around the sleeve, on either side of my stitching line. This was my preferred method as it allowed me to work out any minor puckers between the two rows and kept the stitching line area flat.

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After removing the pins, I headed to the machine and stitched the sleeve in place. The sleeve piece was facing up and the shirt body piece was underneath. This allowed me to clearly see any puckering and work them out before stitching them into the garment. No one wants that! Here is the final product, albeit un-ironed. Perfection, methinks! I highly recommend attempting this method the next time you have to insert a sleeve. Good luck!

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Until next time, chat quietly amongst yourselves…

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Dressing a tween can be frustrating particularly if you are not naturally attracted to the butt-hanging-out-the-bottom built in feature of most summer garments currently available for purchase. Missie classes her style as “sporty” so sewing for her can be a frustrating endeavour. However, she chose this pattern and I agreed to whip them up.

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I chose the fabric (a gorgeous brown and black linen from my last trip to Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) and decided to add some non-sporty detail (the ric-rac) from not-so-exotic Spotlight. Due to technical difficulties with my overlocker, I Hong Kong finished each seam with black bias binding.

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Missie thinks they are super comfortable and they do pass the sporty test! Here she is wearing said short with a cute Esprit top from Myer (on sale for $14) and a little leather bag from my mum. Overall, quick to make and totally cute on a tween!

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Washi Dress

I am always suspicious of patterns raved about online and rarely buy them, however, this dressed tempted me / sucked me in. I love this pattern! I have been looking for some easy dress patterns to make for school and this fits the bill. You can get your copy here. Until then, enjoy the poor pics of moi. The only comment I will make is that next time, I will make the smaller size as it moves a little too much around the ribcage. Fabric is from Spotlight and was chosen by my dearest husband. I did think he was choosing to show more interest in my sewing but alas, I think he just wanted to get out of there and back to the cricket!

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