Cowl neck t-shirt

This cowl neck shirt is the first project with my new serger.
Yup, that’s right, I said new serger (happy dance!).
When I first started this blog, I posted about my old serger here. I got her at a garage sale for $20.
I discovered the manual for her online, and ordered a new blade, and she was humming along. Then I accidentally broke the lower looper by sewing with the upper blade half engaged – I forgot to re-engage it after I fiddled with the lower blade.
Soooo, I ordered a new looper, and I replaced the broken one, and I’ve had nothing but problems ever since. It constantly unthreads itself and tangles thread, and generally causes me to curse. 
So Hubby said I could get a new one. This is the one I got:
It’s a Brother 1043D. I got it on Amazon because 1) it’s inexpensive 2) it gets great reviews 3) I’ve had great success with Brother machines. When I taught sewing for costuming, I bought a lot of these Brother LS2125 machines. They withstood years of abuse from high school students, and that is why I’ve come to love Brother machines. I mean, where else can you get a machine for under $100 that can hold up to years of beginner sewers? I also own a Brother PE770 Embroidery machine, which I showed in this post.
So far, the serger is impressing me as much as the other machines. Now granted, they’re not all metal like my vintage Singer, but they do the job. The serger successfully sewed through the gathered layers of the cowl at the shoulder seams without hesitation. 
I actually used a pattern for the shirt. It’s McCall’s 4716, which is out of print
But it’s a nice, easy pattern, which came together in a couple of hours. And now I have a new shirt for tomorrow!

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  1. says

    This is AWESOME! Cowl necks are beautiful and so flattering! Congratulations on your new serger! Can’t wait to see what you make next!

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  2. Lindsey Johnson says

    Beautiful color! I’m asking for a sewing machine for Christmas so I can finally learn to sew.

    (You should submit this to the Make and Takes spotlight page–

  3. marissa says

    ooh I’m definitely picking up this pattern at the next sale that’s darling. did the patter fit pretty true to size? it seems like I always have to take shirts in a ton

    also I’d love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at

  4. LisaRae says

    Funny enough, looking at that pattern I can’t imagine how any of those tops would look good, yet in actual finished form that top looks great, I love the colour as well!

  5. Vernelle Nelson says

    I bought a very similar pattern recently. After seeing the finished product, I don’t think it’ll be long before I make my own. It looks great on you.

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