Saturday, February 18, 2012

an extravagant welcome--shirt and pants block

These directions are for the shirt and pants block.
Previously I posted the dress block.
In later posts I will show some variations on these basic patterns and how to cut multiples of backgrounds and body parts.

This block is put together in three vertical sections.
It finishes 4 1/2 inches by 6 inches. (5 by 6 1/2 inches unfinished)
I capitalize PRESS so it is easier to find in the directions.

Left section:
background, arm, background
Middle section:
head, shirt, pants

Right section
background, arm, background
Cut background:
2 pieces 2 by 2 inches (used in top corners of block)
2 pieces 4 1/2 by 2 inches (used bottom corners of block)
1 piece 1 by 3 inches (between two legs)
4 pieces 1 by 1 inch (used on head done as sew and flip)

Cut shirt:
1 piece 2 by 2 inches (center shirt)
2 pieces 1 1/2 by 1 inches (sleeves)

Cut pants:
1 piece 1 by 2 inches (top of pants)
2 pieces 1 by 3 inches (legs)

Skin color:
1 piece 2 by 2 inches (head)
2 pieces 1 by 1 inches (hands)

Head--sew 1 inch background squares to head fabric as sew and flip in each corner. (I do NOT cut away the triangles as I like the stability on these little pieces of the head)

Arms--sew hands to sleeves. PRESS towards the sleeve.

Pants--sew background between pants legs. PRESS towards pants.
Then, sew pants top to pants legs. PRESS towards pants top.
Lay out the sections
Sew background rectangles and squares to arms--make sure you have it laid out so one arm is pointing left and one is pointing right. PRESS towards the background.

Sew head to shirt. PRESS towards shirt.
Sew shirt to pants. PRESS towards pants.

Sew sections together. PRESS towards background, away from the body.

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