Plaid Shirt: Basting and Sewing

On to the fun part – actual sewing!

Obviously when starting to assemble your garment you need to pin or baste your fabric pieces together first. I can be pretty lazy when it comes to basting, so for the ‘simpler’ seams (i.e. long straight edges) I tended to just pin the pieces together. To make sure I’m getting everything lined up, I find an ‘intersection’ or corner in the plaid and stick a pinĀ straight down through the fabric.


I then lift up my top layer of fabric, and find the corresponding intersection on the other garment piece, and pin straight through that as well.


Then I can bring the pin back up through both layers of fabric, keeping it straight along the line in the plaid.


I always put my pins at right-angles to the seam, because I find it holds the fabric pretty securely in place – particularly when working with brushed cotton because the pieces sort of stick to each other. This reduces the amount of slipping and shifting that you might get with a smoother fabric. The right-angled pinning method is generally good enough for straight-forward seams, but for more complicated ones (e.g. inserting the sleeve into the armhole, when you’re dealing with extra-fullness in your fabric) I found it better to pin first and then baste the pieces together for added stability.

As with all sewing you might still encounter some fabric slippage due to thread tension/foot pressure/pulling on the fabric etc etc, but if you make sure you line the fabric up carefully and securely then any shifting should be minimal. If you have a walking foot attachment for your sewing machine It would be worth using it, as it can really help with guiding the fabric evenly through the machine.

The instructions for this pattern are pretty clear, so hopefully shouldn’t cause too many headaches for anyone who decided to try it out. In fact I ended up racing through it and totally failed to take any work-in-progress pictures, but ah well. For this reason, and because the process is fairly simple, I won’t be doing any blogs of the actual construction- so the next one will be of the finished garment! However if you have any queries, feel free to comment/drop me a line.




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