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DIY T-shirt: Part Two

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Ready to serge? Ready to wear!

Okay, now you actually have to sew your shirts. I originally aimed to create six shirts; my learning curve meant that I only ended up with four. Not bad if you ask me! 

This article on the 10 Best Beginner's Serger Tips helped me a lot. Most importantly, remember that threading the serger is the most intimidating part; you are going to have to learn to do it sometime so don't procrastinate. Keep the user's manual handy, and don't get frustrated. 

Remember that when you're sergering, you cannot backstitch because it's literally cutting the fabric as it's sewing it. Since pins can get badly (gasp!) caught in the serger and ruin its scissors, I started as close to the seam allowance as possible. That way I knew that the fabric was fully held together and that I could go back and serge in slowly to where I wanted my seam. 

Also, here's the order I went in:

1. Sew the front and the back of the shirt together across the shoulders. This is a good place to start because it makes you feel accomplished quickly. 

2. Then sew the sleeves. These are the worst! You'll get the hang of it, but there will be ripples in the seam as you get used to serging and the fabric and the thread tension. 

3. Sew the side seams. 

I also have a few tricks. I didn't do collars or hems. My shirts were to wear for fun, not to wear for work. All of my stripes are diagonal; that way I don't have to worry about whether they're actually straight or not. I also learned that sometimes it's best to stop when you're happy. If you mess with something too much (especially if your using a serger which is literally cutting your fabric smaller and smaller with each seam), you might ruin the whole project. That being said, about halfway through I went back and redid a lot of the seams on my first few shirts. 

So here's what I ended up with! I only have three pairs of shorts so I chose patterns/colors that would mix/match well with the shorts and my two favorite pairs of sandals! 

Fabric- girlcharlee.com, Shorts- J. Crew Factory, Shoes- Seychelles, Necklace- Bijoux Box. 

Fabric- girlcharlee.com, Shorts- J. Crew Factory, Shoes- Seychelles, Necklace- Loft, Hat- ?. 

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Fabric- girlcharlee.com, Shorts- J. Crew Factory, Shoes- Nine West, Necklace- J. Crew Factory. 

Fabric- girlcharlee.com, Shorts- J. Crew Factory, Shoes- Nine West, Necklace- ?. 

And as you can see, I can easily mix/match these! So I guess now it's time to start thinking about fall colors and patterns!