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Aaand with the ceremonial un-boxing of the machine, my Summer of Sewing has begun!
Only, tonight I'm just running scraps through the machine, winding bobbins, trying out different stitches and generally playing with my new toy and being delighted. Tomorrow night I'm thinking of cutting out the McCall's woven tee  M6927.  Here it is:

In her woven tee review, Happily Caffeinated blogged that she'd bought this but not cut it out due to some fit issues around the sleeves/ armscye. Now I look at the pictures, there are lines. Bugger. Musing Alert:
I've noticed that since I started shopping for patterns I am becoming more discerning about fit. I barely know a thing about it but I noticed that a knit top I wore for work yesterday had lines pointing towards the armscye AND drag lines across the bust. If I made that, I'd be annoyed about it, yet I wear it to work! I hope learning to sew is going to make me less tolerant of badly fitting RTW clothing, and I'll be able to donate a lot of it, and replace with a wardrobe of things I like, that actually fit me.

So,  back to the sewing plans. To skip the potential sleeve fitting problem and to meet a wardrobe need, I will be making up the tank/sleeveless tunic view A/B.  I'll probably do the muslin in A, so I can practice the FBA and stuff without wasting fabric.

I don't love to wear tanks because I have keratosis pilaris between my elbow and my shoulder. I get self-conscious not about the size of my upper arms but about the bumpy, scarred skin on there. However I do wear them around the house and in the garden, and woven ones are lovely and cool. This 'low-stakes sewing' is going to be a good way to ease into something I would hopefully wear to work, eventually, when I figure out if I like the pattern enough to add sleeves.

This pattern goes up to a 24W and the bust measurement should fit just fine, so I'm going to cut it and sew it as-is, at first, and then figure out what I need to do about the waist measurement (possibly increase it, I am "rectangle" / Apple/ let's be real, 'potato,' shaped) and whether I need an FBA. My first FBA! Excitement!


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