As for the shirt, every once in a while, I go to the fabric store and get a hankering for red. I don't normally wear red and it doesn't seamlessly blend with the blues and purples of the rest of my wardrobe, but sometimes I can't resist and buy red. I actually bought this yardage thinking I would need to make another wearable muslin of the matron-of-honor dress and then I would have a red dress.
Since I didn't need the extra muslin, I'm experimenting with using the scratchy red lace that didn't work out as lingerie as inserts on this very stretchy fabric.
I finally signed up for the free Pattern Review and one of the free classes they gave me was marking a jacket to make a pattern from. The man was using these super long hand-sewn stitches. Next to using masking tape to make bias tape, those giant hand stitches are the most useful thing I've learned this year. I used them to attach the lace to the knit so that it was easy to sew them as one unit.
After construction, I carefully trimmed the lace so that it is sandwiched between the knit layers and hopefully won't irritate me.
I used a band to finish the sleeve hems, but didn't band the bodice hem as I'm trying to conserve fabric. I'm hoping I have enough to make two more shirts with the lace in different places. Then I'll have a variation on a theme that I can call a collection.
The first step is to draft a new knit sleeve pattern that doesn't have so much ease. The one here has enough ease to be used with a woven fabric. A good option to have, but I want alternatives, too. Also, how come the flat measurements of the armscye and the sleeve cap are the same but there is so much gathering when I insert the sleeve?
The only downside to this shirt is that it somehow ended up about an inch shorter than ideal for wearing with trousers. I have yet to wear it all day to see how much of a problem this is.
Anyway, the lace inserts came out better than I expected, so I'm enjoying looking at the garment. It's still too warm to wear, even in overly air-conditioned libraries.