Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Minus 14!!

That was the temperature this morning when we had to push my daughter's dead car out of the driveway to get to my car. And there is a foot of snow on the ground. And I have had a virus the last few days and so has my computer. What does all this add up to? Staying at home sewing!

I wanted to work on my new coat, but my computer situation is too unstable to finish working on the pattern. I decided to make some long sleeve t-shirts.

I tried Pamela's Patterns #104-The Perfect T-shirt. I've had it for a while and have heard pretty favorable comments about it. I comes with cutting  lines for couple of common adjustments, and includes both a darted and undarted style. I used the darted version even though I'm not sure how I feel about darts in a knit fabric. I does fit nicely and I guess as long as it's in a print, the dart doesn't really scream out that much. Although wearing it seems to make the dart more around quite a bit.

I used a 1 inch wide binding on the neckline
then whip stitched it with embroidery floss to create
this rope like effect.

I used the same pattern for this tunic. I lenghtened it a bit and added a cowl. this one also has the dart in it. I made the same adjustments for both: shortened it 1" both above and below the bust, raised the armhole a half inch, did a half inch slope shoulder adjustment and lowered the neckline 2 inches. 

I have cut 2 more from very similar fabric, one with the dart and one with my faux FBA for knits adjustment so I can compare them side by side.

The second is Vogue 8976. I took more fabric than I had, except for this piece of thin, flawed jersey "muslin". It's too big, especially in the neckline. I think it's a bit much for me. I will try it again, only smaller and shorter.

The front is wedge shaped and the flounce wraps
around from the back to the sides.

Keep your sewing machines warm!!


  1. I like each of the tops. My favorite is the last one. I have a RTW orange print similar to this one and the neck is wide, but I wear a tank with it which makes it comfortable and I don't have to worry about my bra straps.

  2. I made that last top and it grows- literally, I think it slides off my shoulder and down my body like a sarong.
    Love the rope effect on the neckline and of course- love the animal print!!!!

  3. Thanks to Anne for leading me to your blog! I was excited to find someone with a body type and a style more similar to my own. Love all your makes and I quite like that last top on you despite your misgivings. But I agree a smaller size would fit better and be more comfortable on the shoulders. I hate shoulders that slip off!