Just to let you know - in advance - this is not a happy ending posting BUT it is a this has possibilities only I really don't have time to explore them right now so I better put down the pins and walk away posting - as in I'll deal with it later and we'll see.
The fabric suggestions for Vogue 8886 include double knit. Since I'd sewn the pattern before in a stable knit, this black one with moderate width-wise and virtually no length-wise stretch seemed entirely appropriate. It sewed and pressed lovely but it's a thick fabric which creates other issues. And I should have probably tried my dress from the same pattern on and looked more closely at how it fit especially as it's sewn in a print (which hides things better) and this is a solid (which does not). ANYWAY...
I sewed the front and back sections together and then pinned the side seams wrong sides together and tried the top on and then pinned the side seams in considerably everywhere but directly under the arm. The chalk line shows the new seam line. It's pinned to the other back side seam so I can transfer the markings and make them both the same. Once marked, I sewed on the line and the fit of the t-shirt through the shoulders, bust, and torso is FABULOUS. Very flattering. That's why it has potential. After that, things went downhill.
The collar is supposed to be more traditional, sewn from two fabrics wrong sides together and turned right side out. Because of the fabric's thickness, I used one layer and straight of grain fusible to stabilize the neck edge and stretch fusible for the "hem" edge. I turned under 5/8" and stitched the hem with a double needle. Stabilizing the neck edge of the collar eliminated the need to stabilize the neckline of the bodice. As long as one of the edges is stabilized, the neckline will be held to the correct length and shape. And it is... only...
... this is not, in my opinion, at all attractive. The shoulder seams have not been pressed yet but the hemline has and those pokey-outies are not for me. The collar is pinned in place and hmm... maybe in a woven, maybe not at all. The shoulders seem too wide and the sleeve isn't hanging quite correctly although that might be the need to press but I think it's more the problem with losing size. Your general shape stays the same but all those little fine tuning details you'd worked out previously take a shift and you have to work their new subtleties out again. It's why I'd rather stay the same size or lose size and stay there. Up and down is way too frustrating. BUT...
... the top is not hopeless. I think it might make an interesting sleeveless tank top if I think about different hemming and neckline options. The woven instead of knit collar thought has possibilities. So does a raw hem or serged edges and I can see how surface design elements might save the day... if I'd just get to it.
I'm wondering if beyond the lack of skill and the repetition factor is something about not having the laundry room at ready with better lighting especially and something about how I don't wear a lot of surface design garments - as in none. I've never been a person for decals and labels and I like to wear necklaces in particular and don't want those two things to interfere with each other so I'd need to incorporate the imagery in a way that I'd actually wear which would be more about pattern, line, or texture and on garments that would actually get worn which in turn made me think about the number of pieces I sew versus the number of pieces that actually make it to my closet. I think - VBG - I might be picky. Just maybe. A tiny bit. I've sewn three black t-shirts in three days and the count is 0 for 3 right now although I did make a fabulous dress and a print t-shirt before that... she says... just to remind herself she actually can sew successfully.
Beyond what actually makes it to my closet, there's an even smaller number of the garments that become favourites because while nothing makes it to my closet that isn't at least 95% of my opinion of well done, my favourites are probably more in the 98-99% (rare) range. I could tell myself that this t-shirt is good enough but the problem is it's not good and enough. I won't wear it so I may as well continue attempting to make it into something I would wear. And this is fine. I'm dressed - although if you see a near nak-d woman running around Sew Expo who looks like a black t-shirt would be all she needed to complete that outfit, could be me - LOL ! ! ! Please say hi.
I'm leaving early tomorrow morning. There won't be any more postings this week. The camera is packed, the lap top is not. Hopefully I'll get some fun filled pictures and tell you all about it next week.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - my son achieved his fundraising goal. YES YES