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I started! I cut something out! My sewing table is the kitchen table, so the cut out fabric pieces and these two little drawers full of my notions and gear are now in a box in the IKEA expedit behind me.
 I'm making the  Cake 2224 Tee because it's free, was easy to find, and goes up to my size. 
Tiling and cutting out the pattern didn't take very long, it was only 18 page. It was very straightforward.  Cutting out the fabric was harder because it stretched as I cut it. This is my first bash at knits, and I should have figured out that would happen. I was all nervous and blah blah but it worked out alright. I have cut the crew neck in a size 45 at the bust, grading out  to a 50 at the hips,(i.e. I drew a straight diagonal line on the pattern between the 45 bust and the 50 hips, and felt pretty darn accomplished) so this second pic is me cutting out the 50 waistband.

In her craftsy class "Pattern Fitting for Plus Sizes"  Barbara Deckhart is always saying "it's not rocket science, it's just sewing" and I muttered that to myself as I cut. No one is going to abseil through the windows and take me off to bad-stitchery-jail if I mess this up. It's some absurdly cheap lime green pique knit I got from so long ago I can't even remember. This is a practice garment and it's alright if I make some mistakes. Indeed, the whole point of this practice/draft make-up is figuring out how to do it. So ... I just got on with it! I don't have pics of the lovely lime green stuff in the front-and-back shapes because just as I finished the fabric my kids came home. And I went OUT last night (okay, to a friend's house where, okay, I drank tea) so I didn't start sewing it up then. But tonight! Construction begins :)


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