Two days later than promised, but well worth the wait, I think, I finally present to you my first project from my list of 10. There were ups and downs, but if I can get more of the fabric (especially as it came out to $2/yd. as opposed to $6) I think I shall be inclined to make the bra as well so that I have a matching set.
Fabric: 100% Cotton Shirting, Herringbone weave (Joann's)
Total Cost: $2
What I Learned:
1. Shirting makes for great undergarment material when it has the right weight. It is super soft and light. The downfall is the herringbone weave makes it a bit stretchy, hence the flare-age on the hems.
2. Do not second guess yourself on sizing. The pattern was one size too small, so I graded up. Still nervous, I used 1/2" seams instead of 3/4". They were ginormous! Not only did I have to elasticize the waist, I made a giant pintuck (see photo no. 3) to take in the leftovers.
3. Buy the correct size buttons. Especially do not buy too big, roundy-topped, coat-styled buttons designed to look like mini buffalo nickels. Even if they are only 2/8" bigger, they will not work because the placket will be too tiny.
4. Do not second guess yourself on sizing (deja-vu?) buttonholes. Too big is better than not big enough, although no matter what size buttonhole you make there will be a button to fit it. They just won't be amazing buffalo-nickel buttons. Le sigh.
5. Don't try to "lengthen" a buttonhole. It will look awful. Sew them with the right side facing up because you can better judge placement and the stitching looks better.
I'm quite excited because I didn't even buy any of the trim! I found it downstairs in my mom's sewing box, which usually contains nothing of worth because she doesn't sew. However, with a little creativity and inspiration from my previous post on my love of yellow (it is almost just as amazing when used with grey) I now have flashy drawers instead of boring ones. That my friends, is being thrifty, and therefore an accomplishment towards my resolution to use
other people's junk what I have and spend less.