What I found really interesting was the combination of Signals and the T & T top. The garment above is the one linked to.
Can you see how it has similar lines to Katherine Tilton's Vogue 8691 - a pattern I've sewn numerous times. In fact, I was wearing a version of it in the picture with my grandson in yesterday's posting.
While the tops in this posting are not identical, you can see how they - and others at the website - could be developed from the same pattern. I've sewn Katherine's pattern as a t-shirt, a dress, and a cardigan and there are plenty of variations that could be developed using it as is without changing the seam lines and a lot more variations with a few seam line changes.
The top above eliminates the princess seam on one side while maintaining it on the other, uses exposed serged seams, grey scale fabrics, visual texture, and ruffling along the sleeve hem. It has variety in color and both visual and tactile texture.
This version also uses a variety of fabrics and exposed seams and yet it's a completely different arrangement of seams that could still be developed from the same pattern.
Here's a cardigan version using dots and stripes and "dot" buttons coupled with the high-low hem that's so popular right now. You don't have to like anything about it - although I do - to get ideas for simpler seams, brighter prints, accent fabrics, and pocket details.
Mimicking this mix of blue prints might be a place to start. I don't find this piece entirely balanced. I'd be inclined to add a bit of the darker blue to the opposite side, perhaps on the sleeve or at the shoulder. That's one of the fun aspects of color and/or print blocking - playing with what goes where and how that looks.
These medium to dark prints work together to calm a busier piece. If I were going to use Katherine's pattern to sew something similar, I'd start by breaking up the existing pattern sections and then in a second or third version begin combining those sections in new ways. Becoming very familiar with how your T & T pattern goes together and it's inherent possibilities is one of key aspects to using it as a design tool.
With raglan sleeves, this is not the same pattern but it shows how simple details like the unusual buttons and highlighting the seams can make a one fabric garment visually interesting. Turning Katherine's pattern into a cardigan by adding a button opening at center front and then highlighting the seams in a similar manner would create a calm, simple and simply fantastic piece.
Go a step further and add a collar and some pockets and you have this light jacket. Isn't that amazing? Do you see how developing a T & T pattern can open up a whole world of possibilities? Check out the Signals website for even more ideas.
Do you have - or are you developing - T & T patterns? If not, I hope this posting inspires you to think about it. Looking at all these variations just made me want to play.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - sewing time today
When we shift our inner statement from "I'd love to" to "I'm going to," we shift out of victim and into adventurer.
- Julia Cameron