So I'm making the Wiksten Tova. Thank goodness for Kerry's Sew Along because this pattern is not for the super-newbie garment sewist. And that would be me.
It's not impossible mind you but there is a learning curve.
Good thing I started with a muslin version.
Sewing in the placket is a doozy. I reread those directions 20 times and the right corner still came out wrong and curved. I have high hopes that when I make the real version it will go better. Probably so.
I have to say I found the sleeve instructions bare bones. The pattern says "pin underarm seams right sides together and sew at 3/8ths." Yup, that's it.
So I pinned where it said to pin and sewed half way around but then discovered that there is more to setting in a sleeve than that. I then found Kerry's section on sleeves. (Note to self- next time read ahead!) But even after gathering the top of my sleeve I managed to have gathers and it wasn't smooth. Guess it's a good thing there are two sleeves so I can practice more on the other one!
I guess if you've sewn garments before this is obvious but it wasn't to me. But now I know.
Seriously, what I need is a garment sewing tutor - somebody to teach me the right way to do this stuff. Anyone, anyone?
I have to say though that trying it on, before the sleeves, was rather gratifying because it did actually look like a garment I would wear and wear out of the house even! Imagine that.
Now that the a sleeve is in, I think it feels a bit small. I made a medium but I have broad shoulders and it feels tight across the back with the sleeve in. Which is again, why it's been worth it making a practice round first! Whew.
I think I'll set this aside for today and work on something quick and easy like a zip pouch.
Tomorrow there is plenty of time for the Tova!