Reverse engineering standard work pt.5

Picking up where I left off

In the photo below, I’m coming to the end of the slit at the top. You can see that I’m not catching the cut triangle into the seam. I’ll be stopping right at the chalk mark (or as it happened, really close to it).

Below I’ve finished sewing that side of the job.

This is what the reverse side (the face side of the fabric) looks like.

Below I’m preparing to sew off the top of the slit, catching the triangle. Please note that I have flipped the work and I am now sewing on the face side of the fabric. When you do this yourself, you’ll notice that the triangle is actually larger than the yellow piece. Don’t worry, everything is as it should be.

Below I’ve finished sewing off the top of the slit.

Laying the piece flat, this is what the sleeve slit should look like from the face side up.

Below I’ve started the other side. Align the pressed piece to catch 1/4″ of the sleeve slit.

Below I’ve nearly finished this side. Again, notice how the triangle is not caught in this seam. Actually, I guess I couldn’t have caught it here anyway since I already sewed it to the smaller side of the slit.

Okay, below is a photo I showed yesterday. Getting those folds of the top piece to sit correctly took longer than one would want. It took too much finagling. I think one should consider pre-pressing that shape into place before one started sewing. This is a change I plan to implement myself. As I said, whenever you’re figuring out standard work via reverse engineering, you’ll always find yourself making modifications.

Below I’ve sewn around the top and am coming back down.

Below, I’ve stopped in preparation to turn the piece in order to sew across. Ideally you stop in accordance with that chalk mark you see off to the left. In fact, from here, it looks like I’ve done just that. However, as you’ll see a bit later, I was off the length of one stitch. Bummer.

Below you’ll see that I’m done. Doesn’t look too shabby at all and if you ask me, I think it looks pretty good. And a heckuva lot less work than how all the sewing books show you, no?

Below you can see what the back of the piece looks like.

Below I’m just holding the piece open so you can see how all of the pieces and stitches align. See? Everything’s all nice and neat. Cool, huh?

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Entries in the reverse engineering standard work series (how to copy industrial sewing methods)
Shirt making tips
Standard Work (sounds boring, read it anyway)
Reverse engineering standard work pt.1
Reverse engineering standard work pt.2
Reverse engineering standard work pt.3
Reverse engineering standard work pt.4
Reverse engineering standard work pt.5
Reverse engineering standard work pt.6
Reverse engineering standard work pt.7
Reverse engineering standard work pt.8
Reverse engineering standard work pt.9

Spin off of Reverse engineering standard work pt.5:
A failed experiment
A failed experiment pt.2
A failed experiment pt.3
Reverse engineering standard work pt.5.1

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