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.