Thursday, May 21, 2015

Me Made May

I was feeling kind of blue this week and needed a little pick me up. I have been wanting to get back into sewing garments for myself, but I have so many figure flaws, all the alterations had me not wanting to put out the effort. But this week I was feeling grateful that our son is on the road to recovery after a few very scary days of post surgical events, and I was bored with bee block sewing and other projects I have going so I decided to treat myself and make an easy t-shirt pattern.

I bought this Art Gallery Knit from the Maker line of fabrics last month, without a project in mind. I must say, this fabric is fantastic. It is so soft, but still holds its shape.I found the Deer and Doe pattern for the Plantain T-Shirt on Pinterest and knew I could make this without many problems. And...this pattern is free!

I originally made the pattern 5" longer than it suggested and then played with the hemline.

I decided on the shorter length, but now wish I would have made it just a inch longer.
plantain t-shirt
I am extremely short waisted, so the next time I will make an adjustment in the pattern for the waist. I didn't think it would matter that much on a t-shirt, but the shirt might fit a bit better on the back if I allowed for the fullness of my hips a little higher. The shirt would hang better.
plantain t-shirt

The neckline is my favorite part of this pattern. It was so easy to achieve this smooth finish.

Here are my thoughts on the pattern and the sizing. I am a pear shape, US size 12, with a very short waist and narrow shoulders. This pattern runs small. I made the European size 42 for the bust and shoulders but gradually cut to a 46 for the hips. The bust and shoulders fit so perfectly, and that is where you really want to focus when making a garment. The waist and hips are an easier adjustment, if needed. The next time I will shorten the back waist length by two inches and add that length to the bottom of the pattern, to accommodate my short waist. The pattern offers three sleeve lengths. I opted for the 3/4 sleeve length; it's my favorite.

So now I am wanting to make another garment. I know what fabric I want to use  (some Robert Kaufman double cloth, in Indigo) and need to find the perfect pattern. I'm thinking a really cute tunic.

I have been seeing the hashtag #memademay on Instagram, so that is why I titled this post Me Made May.


Geri said...

Very nice Di - Yes 1 more inch can make all the difference on a top (at least for me), as one of the butt sisters, I like mine covered...LOL. You did a great job. 3/4 sleeves are my absolute FAV!

Debbie said...

This turned out really cute - good for you!!

Leanne said...

This looks great on you, and the next one will be even better. This is a great fabric for a shirt like this.

Susan said...

Shout new top looks great on, well done. I think I have given up on making clothes....

Christine said...

That is really lovely, well done

Susan Snooks said...

It looks great Di! I like it at any length really.... (Did your Quiltmania magazine arrive? My internet has been patchy this week. I'm sorry I haven't sent you those pattern pages like I promised... :-((

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

It turned out great Di! And I LOVE your necklace! :)

lydmarc said...

Love your tee. You might want to check out Tessuti Fabrics online. I just purchased a tunic pattern that I love. It's called the Ola Tunic. I love their patterns. They also have some free patterns that you might like. Always enjoy popping in to your blog and getting inspiration for quilts.