June 26 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

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Sewn by Wanett, Sown Brooklyn

Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Polyester Knit

Wanett writes, “…This was the very first shirt I made. I was fearless in attacking it because the fabric I used was so stunningly inexpensive (read-cheap) and so wildly different (also read- cheap) than what I hoped it would be, that I had zero fear of wasting it. None. Whatsoever. I just whacked into it and stitched it together. I only needed to make one adjustment to the cowl’s length and it was done.

To cut the pieces, I used a method that I still use now. I simply folded the inspiration shirt and pinned it to the fabric, using it as a template for cutting. The first attempt at the sleeves was laughable, but I didn’t care. I had (and still have) a TON of this fabric… I took my construction clues straight from the top itself, looking at where things were attached and how to know how it should go together. I find that to be the best way to wrap my mind around what might work and what won’t. I think that anyone attempting something for the first time should put aside any fear of failure. It’s all practice. Who knows, you may have beginners luck like I did.”

Wanett shows this great shirt and some of her other spring sewing on her blog. You can also check out more of her clothing sewing in this Flickr set.


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40 Responses to June 26 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. Andi says:

    I love how you went for it with no fear. Often this hinders me in sewing because I don’t want to waste fabric on something that I’m not sure will work. I definitely need to let go of that so I can be more open to trying new things. I’ve been sewing for over 20 years and I’m still learning something new almost every time I make something.

  2. Beth says:

    Very impressive and even more impressive – her blog and flickr!!! I am so eager to try more…..!! Thanks.

  3. Millie says:

    Wow; that’s a really elegant looking shirt. I am impressed by your bravery in drafting your own pattern for your first shirt. Great job!

  4. Deece says:

    Very nice. It looks super comfortable.

  5. Jenny says:

    How gorgeous! I can’t believe that it’s her first! Awesome!!!

  6. Ginger says:

    way to go!

  7. susan hwang says:

    this looks perfect for the fall. thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. mjb says:

    So impressive. I need to take a lesson and not overthink every time I sew clothes.

  9. Andi says:

    Wow! Amazing! That “no fear” thing is hard to do…. Love the cowl neck on this shirt.

  10. cauchy09 says:

    hooray, Nettie! so good to see your lovely sewing here.

  11. Manechka says:

    That is a fantastic first attempt! Can’t wait to see your seconds =)

  12. Sade says:

    Great cowl.

  13. ~Helena~ says:

    Awesome, wish I could be that fearless.

  14. PeachRainbow says:

    No matter how cheap the fabric is I am scared to CUT!
    But using another garment as a template works well for me too.

  15. Trish B. says:

    Way to go, beginner! Here’s to many more successes…

  16. Mandy says:

    The neckline makes this!

  17. Wanett says:

    Thanks everyone!! I can’t believe something I’ve made is featured here! What an honor. You can check out this post on my blog for a tiny bit more construction info: http://sownbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/sew-mama-sew/

    Thanks again for having me here ;o)

  18. Shelly says:

    Wow, it turned out great – especially for being a first shirt and cheap fabric! My first attempt at a homemade shirt didn’t even get finished because it was so out-of-whack.

  19. April says:

    I love that shirt! It totally looks like something I would wear. Great job!

  20. Alisha says:

    Great tip about being fearless and jumping. I bet we’d all surprise ourselves if we didn’t worry so much about failure.

  21. amanda says:

    *wow*!!! I think you should do a tutorial on how to do a cowl neck… I absolutely love the way they look but have no idea what a pattern piece for one would even look!

  22. Ana V says:

    Very nice!

  23. corinnea says:

    Very beautiful. It helps immensely to be fearless!

  24. Andrea says:

    isn’t it great when a plan comes together. Because you had no fear it all went well. Confidence building,well done, looks brill!!

  25. Sara says:

    really is a versatile piece making it able to go with any outfit whether jeans or a skirt or dress pants!

  26. sy says:

    the shirt beautiful and elegant, nothing like the first sewing project i made >.<

  27. Rebecca says:

    nice top.

  28. Kelly says:

    I love deconstructing to make patterns! Good job with yours and stay fearless! You’ll have more fun!

  29. Marcia W. says:

    This looks difficult. Wanett has courage.

  30. Unity says:

    I wish I could draft a pattern that well. Very nice shirt. Well done!

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  32. Joanna says:

    I think you must be very talented. Even though I’ve been sewing for a long time, I still prefer to use a pattern. You did a beautiful job.

  33. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! 🙂

  34. Tonya says:

    Haven’t had time to make something for the contest. I hope I can get in something quick and easy soon!-_-

  35. DebbieKL says:

    Great job! You’re braver than me. 🙂

  36. Joke says:

    I love the cowl, it’s very elegant!

  37. QSOgirl says:

    wow, great shirt, and I totally admire your fearlessness. I could use some courage when it comes to experimenting making clothing…

  38. Morgan says:

    Somehow I doubt I would get such a good result with a first shirt…bravo!

  39. April says:

    I wish MY first shirt had looked like that! Mine barely resembled clothing, and the first time I wore it I was so embarrased that I stopped and bought a cardigan on my way to work! I like to think I’ve learned something since then 🙂

  40. Tong Yu says:

    Love the neckline, very pretty!

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