Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

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The Margie Shirt


It is finished!

The Margie

I’m calling this shirt The Margie after my mother-in-law. She gave me the material with a turtle-neck dress pattern that she never started. I think the fabric worked perfectly for this project!

It really didn’t take that long to finish the shirt, but I didn’t get down to the sewing room for a few weeks and it’s taken more than a week to get this post up. So, what do you think?

I still had a little trouble with the neckband, but I figured it out after talking with my mom and grandma and looking at the pattern instructions again. It’s not perfect because there’s pinches of fabric here and there, but I really love how it turned out.

It’s still been cool enough to wear this shirt and it’s thin, so it’s perfect for a cool spring day. I’m so proud and happy when I’m wearing it!

Here’s the Kwik Sew pattern if you’re interested and you can find it here:

I don’t know why I waited so long to work with a knit! I’ve always heard that knits are super hard and you should get comfortable with woven material before tackling this type of project.

Phooey, I say! This was so easy. It did take awhile to figure out how to put on the neck band, but the rest of it was easy-peasy. I can’t wait to tackle my next knit!

And I am so happy I’ve discovered how to use the blind hem foot on my Singer. It’s so easy and quick! Though I don’t mind hand stitching a blind hem, I think my blind hem foot and I are going to be very close friends. 🙂

Also, though it’s sacrilege, I also cut out this pattern instead of tracing. I usually insist on tracing patterns so that they will last longer, but I was impatient to get sewing.

I don’t know why I make a big deal to save the pattern papers whenever women’s styles change so much. If I limit the use of pins, it should help the patterns last just as long as it would otherwise, right?

I’d much rather spend what little time I have sewing, not tracing. So, I think my days of tracing maybe over. I’ll hold onto the tracing paper to make my own patterns and for drafting, if I ever progress to that level of seamstress.

5 thoughts on “The Margie Shirt

  1. I always really struggle with knit fabrics with puckering did you get any tips that helped solve that?? It looks great by the way I may be inspired to try again by your success

  2. Hi, purplevodka79 (love that name, btw):

    No, I didn't get any tips on how to prevent the puckering, but if I run across anything or figure something out, I'll let you know. 🙂

    One thing I did was stop pretty frequently to make sure the fabric was still lined up and that I wasn't pulling it in the wrong direction. That kept the puckering to a minimum. Most of the puckers are just tiny like spots so I think I did pretty good.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog! 🙂

  3. You made that?? I am so impressed!!! Adorable!

  4. @~ Dawn Sparks ~Yep! It's not perfect, but I love it. 🙂

  5. I love it! It looks great on you!