One of the ways that I pretest t-shirt patterns is by sewing pajama tops. The one is from Katherine Tilton's Butterick 5925. The dots are fun and I wouldn't mind a "real" top with them but this fabric didn't have quite enough stretch so it's somewhat tight in the bicep and I was a bit more careful choosing fabric this time.
The flair comes from a godet in the side seam. In the pattern, it also has a pocket which I did sew into the pajama top but left out of this version. Next time.
The fabric is a narrow black and grey stripe. I told my husband it might make me look like an aging jail bird! It's silky and has a fair amount of drape and looks better on me than the dress form. One of my dress forms is slightly too big and one is slightly too small and I'm reluctant to redial them because I have no idea where my weight is going at the moment. Right now, the small one works better for my upper body and the larger one works better for my lower body so the perfect scenario would be to take the top of one and add it to the bottom of the other and get a better representation of my actual figure. This is the top on the wrong dress form.
The final neckline uses the selvage of the fabric. I sewed the strip on, turned it to the inside, and used a twin needle to stitch it place allowing the edge of the fabric to curve over the seam. It's very simple although...
... deciding on it wasn't. I explored different neckline options and tried this and that without too much success. I kept thinking things like too fluffy or too much contrast or too frou-frou for me which had me thinking about resistance... and reality.
Was I resisting change or was I truly tuning in to my preferred style?
The thing is, I know my style. While I want to shake it up, I'm not trying to eliminate my preference for simple, architectural shapes with clean lines. Nor do I want to stop adding colorful accessories and in particular statement necklaces. High contrast and frou-frou necklines are the statement; no necklace necessary. I am good at what I'm good at because I enjoy those things. If I want to continue enjoying them with new energy, that means creating with a version of reality that pushes the edges but doesn't burst the cage.
I'm currently knitting the blue vest above left. It's a basic rectangular shape with slits for the armholes and optional sleeves that turn it into the red coat. That rectangle is a blank canvas that could be filled in a myriad of ways both with knitting and with knit or woven fabrics. As soon as I saw the diagram, my mind was off and running with ideas for vests and at the same time still stuttering around the jewelry. It may be that making textile jewelry is not the thing for me. I'm not quite ready to say that yet but if I do, it certainly won't be from lack of trying only right now, I'm going back to sewing clothes for a while. Not only do I need some, but those ideas are tickling really Really REALLY loud. YES YES and fabric and yarn are definitely my thing.
The sweater unraveled into yarn has been knit into a triangle scarf. This scarf seems to be my fall back pattern because it's so easy for knitting in public, or while talking to a friend, or while watching TV. Right now, I'm also working on a larger scarf from black cotton that I hope to wear with some of my architectural clothes. I badly - BADLY - need some pants but that's not what's next. First I'm working on another version of the t-shirt and then it'll be the prototype of my daughter's purse.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - freedom