This is precisely the same pattern as the turquoise shirt in the last post. In an effort to challenge myself to include personally appealing details, I bound the neckline in woven bias-binding (also helped because I ran out of blue thread by that point), added a scrap of white lace, gently ruched the sleeves with scraps of elastic, and left the bottom four inches of the side seams open. Once again, the neckline needs help, but I am pleased with this shirt that is suitable for work and casual wear. I also have decided to embrace an identity as a "cake" sewer instead of an "icing" sewer.
Having made do last summer, this year I determined to acquire some new summer shirts. I bought enough fabric to make three new shirts and oh, the 100% cotton is a joy to touch. I keep stroking it, admiring how soft it is compared to cotton-poly mixes. It was a splurge, but there was a sale, and I keep my clothes for years, so in the end it will be worth it.
Now, I prefer sleeveless shirts for casual summer wear, but to get the most bang for my buck, I try to make three-season clothes. That means elbow-length sleeves. That means the shirt will be suitable for me to wear to work and will provide some warmth when I freeze in air conditioning. So maybe this isn't the best shirt for a humid southern summer, but it does fill a wardrobe need.
I feel confident in the t-shirt pattern that I have. It has worked with a variety of fabrics. The one area I need to improve is sewing the neckline. No matter how many instructions I read or how I tweak the binding, the neckline always stretches and gapes. I wonder if this has something to do with using an older machine that lacks a stretch stitch (so I use a zig-zag)? The only time I have gotten the neckline to lie flat is when I cut the neckline binding from a store-bought t-shirt and reused it. I'll keep experimenting and come up with a solution one day.
I keep thinking I should be more creative in my sewing. There are blogs full of wonderfully patterned or embellished clothes that I admire, but when it comes to my own sewing, I want something that can be used in several circumstances for many years. Also, my aesthetic is more plain - I would rather have interesting seaming than a pattern. I work to accept that what I make will always seem rather bland compared to others (especially since I am not a dresses and heels woman), but also to challenge myself to include details that appeal to me. On this shirt, there is a black-spotted orange ribbon geometrically arranged on the left shoulder.
Hi! I live in Virginia. My mom taught me to sew. I think I started at 4 or 5 by sewing buttons onto a handkerchief, but don't trust my memory. That was a long time ago. As a teenager, I was more interested in completing projects than learning good sewing techniques. Now, I am teaching myself some things I missed. My sewing interests are in learning to make alterations to and draft patterns to fit my petite 4'11" tall, 32" chest, 45" hip body.