When you first start sewing, you get a lot of advice. To this day, I still follow 90% of it, but one thing I often skip? Reading the directions before I start sewing. Yesterday I was reminded why I need to read them….. Apparently this bowling shirt is constructed like no other shirt I have ever made and is completely lined. This might not have been a huge issue if I would have read this before, but after cutting, I just didn’t have enough material to line the shirt (and after thinking about it, decided the shirt would be ‘too heavy’ if it was lined anyway) so I had to re-think the whole construction process.
After deciding how I should tackle sewing, I wound up with the shirt you see on the left. It still needs hems, button holesbuttons, and a shirt logo for the back, but the hardest parts are really finished at this point. Even though I didn’t really follow the instructions, after all, the pieces came together beautifully and easily. I think this would have been a great beginner button-down shirt design if you follow everything as outlined!
So what’s the moral of the story? Even though you may think you know what you’re doing, you may be surprised in the end. Always read your direction first – even before cutting you material!