Every so often, I get annoyed with small pieces of fabric gathering dust in the small pieces of stash basket. I add to it regularly when I see remnants that I like, all too small, of course, to make anything with, but ostensibly purchased to do muslins with to check fit.
That's what I purchased the red stripe knit and the raspberry coloured knit for. But I thought they were were deserving of a better fate, and they both became garments to be worn.
As many of you know, I don't really like sewing knits, more because I am not very experienced with sewing knits. I did find that these two tops were a little easier to sew than some of my previous knit garments were, so I guess I'm starting to get the hang of them.
My first make was the little red striped t shirt, my Make a Garment a Month garment:
The stripe fabric was a 0.50 x 112 cm remnant, a cotton stable knit jersey. I had a small piece of red cotton jersey in my leftover bits and pieces. I thought I could put them together to make a jaunty little top.
The pattern I used was Kwik Sew 3766:
This is a classic t-shirt pattern, and my favourite. Plain and simple, which is just what I like. I've made it up a few times before, if you want to look at earlier versions do click here.
I wanted to make the sleeves at least elbow length, as our weather is starting to cool down and I like an inbetween length sleeve length for transitional seasons. Luckily I had just enough, but I had to use the striped fabric for the neckband. It doesn't sit that well, but I don't think anyone will notice. Plenty of RTW t-shirts have bands that also do not sit well, so I keep "flaws" like this in perspective.
All seams were stitched with the overlocker. I did topstitch the yoke seam as it did not want to lie down properly otherwise. I did the same at the neckline. I used a narrow zig zag stitch for this. I also used a narrow zig zag on the hems, as I sort of thought it went with the stripes and overall energetic look.
As there is little to be said, I'll show you the pictures:
As you can see, the fit is not brilliant, in that the tee is sitting high at the front, and has pooling of fabric at the back. I have had some people comment that I need a FBA and a sway back adjustment. But I think these pictures clearly show that these are not the alterations I need. If you look at the profile picture, you will see I have a high, prominent chest with a small bust and a very flat back. I do not have a lordosis or big bottom - this is where one needs to do a sway back adjustment. And looking at the picture of the back, you can see that I have a narrow back. The pooling is due to the upright, flat, narrow back - fabric just gathers in the middle. Alterations needed for this are to take out at upper back level, and to add at the upper front chest, and adjust the sleeves to match.
I never bother to make alterations on this scale for something like a simple t-shirt that is just going to be worn casually. It's just not worth the effort. Yes, for some garments it is worth the effort. But when you have to make most of your own clothes because you can't buy much that fits, you do have to decide how to invest your sewing time and energy for maximum mileage and output. As far as t-shirts are concerned, these are minimal effort and maximum mileage type of garment.
As for the red top, I found a 0.50 by 150 of very stretchy poly/rayone/elastane remnant at Spotlight. I was determined to make something from it, and paired it with a few long scraps of ivory knit I had leftover from another garment. The ivory knit is extremely stretch, well over 100%. It worked nicely for the neckband, but I think the cuffs look a little bulky - I probably should have cut them a little narrower.
As in the red striped t shirt, I wanted longer sleeves for wearing in transitional seasons.
Again, all seams were serged, including the cuffs and hem of the top:
This very stretch top looks quite different from the striped stable knit top. Nowhere near as fitted, but sort of nice and languid in fit:
Imperfections do not bother me if they are not screamingly obvious, and I think these two garments are going to be much loved tops for wearing around the house.
Thank you everyone for your comments on my post about recent bra making efforts I am flat out at the moment and not able to reply to comments again. I am also not posting much on Instagram at the moment as I had too much to do. Just so you know I am not ignoring you all...
Bye for now,