That just about describes the cotton covered, cotton filled "silence" cloth I edged for my table. It used to be easy to get that sort of quilted material by the yard/meter, but now it's really hard to find cotton - it gone all artificial.
Make a "ironing board cover" to fit your table.
Absolutely, so long as your version of a "tank top" has buttons down the front! Harder if you want to avoid that, although I think I could manage buttons down one side from the armpit to the hem (decent size flat buttons for ease in doing them up). Short side zippers opening from the hem up to the bust line might also work! The nice thing about using a machine basting stitch on a scrap-fabric "mock-up" version is that we can try the option that sounds best to you, and try again with a different option if you don't like the results.
r ranson wrote:When I get my mockup finished, is there some way to take the pattern and make a tank top pattern?
I'm really liking the princess seams.
Barb Morris wrote:Regarding pins: I've been trying to find sharp, sewing pins for years and have been completely unsuccessful. One fabric store told me that it has been a problem across the board and they recommended I search antique or thrift shops in hopes that an old sewing kit might be found. I still have some old pins from when I was young and they glide through fabric easily, but the newer ones usually bend as I try to push them in. Very irritating.
I'm kind of having trouble getting going with this because more and more, I worry that the bust room isn't generous enough and I choose the wrong size.
OK, can you tell if you need more depth from the side seam to the front, or if you need more width across the front? The former is most likely and will require widening the adjacent sides of the right and middle pieces that make up the front of the shirt.
I think I'm going to have to put the button band on to be sure, but yeh, it's not feeling like there's enough ease in the bust.
How does it feel across the back and around the armhole? If the first two are good, I'd consider widening the sleeve first, before making everything bigger.
But the sleeves are feeling a bit tight in the elbow
That's a tough one. Is there any predictability? Does it change a lot within a day? Is it worth having "two wardrobes" one for the larger size and one for smaller? It does sound as if you need to measure yourself when you feel you're having a "big" day, and compare those measurements with the pattern?
I do change size a bit from day to day due to health. Sometimes by a couple of inches.
If you make your "practice" shirt the large size, how easy would it be to just unpick from the bust down, draw and cut it smaller and re-sew? That way you could decide how much smaller you really want it, and possibly *where* you want it smaller. You might decide to just make the two front panels smaller, or just the 4 side panels - you'd have several options.
r ranson wrote:I printed the pattern and taped it together.
Now is time to decide if I'm going to alter it. To fit my bust and my waist, I have to do a size 18 G/H cup. But my hips are between a size 14 and 16.
When I printed out the pattern I printed both 16 and 18. So all I need to do is draw a line to make the bottom smaller.
Trying to decide if I want to and if so, to work up the courage.
r ranson wrote:finally
I'm finally at the buttonhole stage... and do you know what the one thing I cannot find after renovating my studio is? That's right, the buttonholer.
For crying out loud! Can this project have any more struggles!?! I just want it done so I can clean up and move to the next thing.
Totally possible to make buttonholes with your sewing machine with the attachment. Mark your buttonhole. 1) Set zigzag on widest width, zero length— set 3-5 stitches. 2) Change to very narrow zigzag and very short length. Stitch up one side of buttonhole. Repeat 1. Then back to beginning with 2. Cut a long tail of thread pulling to wrong side. Tie ends and trim close. Set a pin at one end of your new buttonhole. Open buttonhole carefully using a seam ripper, or buttonhole scissors, or a buttonhole chisel. Now admire your work.