It's time to start sewing again after my protracted absence (I traveled abroad for 6 weeks). I find that whenever I have had a break from sewing, my first few attempts when I restart are a little woeful. But you just have to start and get back past this stage and get the brain rewired and thinking about sewing again.
I made sure that I had a couple of simple tops cut out before I went away, because I am even worse at cutting than sewing when restarting.
I wanted a couple of really loose cotton tee tops for summer. We have a really hot and humid climate, and you just don't want anything to cling. And boxy tops are really in at the moment - and with Butterick 3383 in my stash, now was a good time to pull it out.
I used a fine blue cotton jersey which was in my stash, purchased from The Remnant Warehouse's online store.
The top does not have bust darts, so I would not make this in a woven - unless it had some sort of give in it, like cheesecloth. I don't like woven tops that have no darts. But I have no problem using this pattern with a knit fabric.
I cut view C, the shorter length with sleeves, in size XS. This gives a finished bust measurement of 38 inches, which is much larger than my bust. But I wanted loose and boxy, so I decided this was the right size for me to use to achieve my goal.
I knew the neckline would just slide over to and down my shoulders, so I altered the neckline and faced it - I think the Butterick pattern used a binding, which I did not want. I knew what I wanted to do, the pattern was just the base for the idea. I also shortened by half an inch along the L/S line as I am petite.
As I am short on time today (and just like the tops, feeling a bit blue with having done a squillion and one jobs since I have returned, with quite a few more still waiting) - I shall just post pictures of the garment:
Front - and I told you it was loose and boxy.... Design objective achieved:
Side view - which I quite like :
Back (and I really must learn to straighten things before I take a photo:
And, I had just enough fabric to make two:
These are not the most perfect tops I have made, but I don't let perfection get in the way of the start up practice I need again. They are wearable and do just the job I want them to do and I got some sewing practice. So I call that a really great outcome.
Now to go and tackle something else and keep the practice flowing.
Until later, please take care and good luck with your sewing,