This is most definitely NOT the kind of shirt that I would usually make or wear. I am not much of a floral kind of gal and I am just beginning to embrace my inner appreciation of blues (with the exception of deep indigos and navy's which have always appealed to me). That being said, yesterday I just felt a compulsion to make something wearable. Something easy, loose and summery.
I wanted something quick and something that I could make without fear of 'wasting' my 'good' apparel fabric. What I had on hand that fit that order was plain muslin...meh...and this piece of 2013 Robyn Pandolph "Notinghill" fabric that was a slight mess of several leftover pieces from a wide quilt backing. Since I had a very limited amount of the fabric left I had to address a few considerations.
- I did want the the large bunch of roses enhancing an area of me that needs no enhancing what-so-ever
- I wanted to consider a trying a few slight pattern alterations without making a muslin. Good to go! This is a very easy...yes, you can do it in two hours....pattern. Kwik-Sew K3895 which I have had for some time and meets my needs for a good "knock-around-the-house" tee.
- Since I used various sizes pieces I needed to try my best to make the front, back and sleeves look as cohesive as possible. I was able to mirror the front and back and found small pieces that would allow me to have "roses on both of my shoulders".
I sewed from the medium size this time around and :
- I raised the neckline 1/4" which worked out very well for me.
- Graded the pattern to add 1/2" to the sides as they went from the underarm seam down to the hem. Another good result.
- Added 2" to the bottom. Excellent!
- Added 2" to sleeve length. NOT good. I went back, ripped-out, and re-sewed them adding only 1/2" to the original sleeve length which was a good compromise.
I have also used the Scout Woven Tee pattern and they are similar. I like them both. For my preferences, I need to raise the neckline just a bit in both and I prefer a slightly longer length for both.
I have my eyes on the Onyx Tee. I like the small details on it and expect to buy it soon.
My quilting commitments have overtaken my life this year and it was so much fun to just "whip-up" a shirt as a diversion. Each time I sew a garment now I seem to get just a bit better at refining techniques. So no,apparel sew is a waste of time! I have a plethora of new patterns and fabrics ready to make some "new-to-me" patterns. I am so looking forward to having the time to learn some more about about sewing by making them.
As for my quilting projects:
- I have managed to keep up to date with "quilt-that-cannot-yet-be-named" projects (2 versions; traditional and modern). When you finally see it you may realize why it has been so time consuming....
- I am, more or less, up to date with my version of the "Glorious Hexagons" project.
- Just slightly behind with the "Sweet Surrender" appliqué project.
- Left behind, on the back burner, for a bit is my Farmer's Wife 1930's. I am continuing to print the patterns and read the posts but am close to 10 blocks behind.
Just a few of the latest blocks....
Above...this block looked like a frame to me and so I added my maternal grandmother, Thea Elizabeth Kavanaugh Ellery (1898-1976). It is a picture of her taken in 1916 when she was 18 and it has always been an inspiration to me just as she was.
Onwards and outwards...or maybe inwards a times....now I at least have assuaged my garment sewing need just a bit....but I need to be able to find time to try those other patterns that are tugging at me!
- Vogue 8585 loose pants that will be in blue linen
- The Sewing Workshop "Mixit Shirt"
- Butterick B6183 top with princess seams
- Butterick B6324 shirt
- By Hand London "Sarah Blouse"
- Paprika "Onyx Tee"
What has your early summer and late Spring been like?
- Have you accomplished what you wanted to?
- Have any great sewing patterns to suggest to me?
Enjoy the moments ...each and every one!