Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Multi-colored T-Shirt

I never posted any plans for May because I had no idea how much time would be available for sewing.  I had no direction either. As it turns out, there was more time than expected but  direction remained lacking.  I sewed up both shorts and long pants from Butterick 5044.


 Both comfy, neither worth photographing.

 I made a baseball style raglan sleeve shirt from Kwik Sew 2874.

 Again, comfortable and wearable but nothing too exciting, even if I did use a thrifted Kansas City Royals t-shirt to get the logo on the front.

Then I switched to the Plantain t-shirt, a free download from Deer and Doe.  It is definitely on fire in the sewing blogoshere.  Going by measurements, I cut a 36 grading to a 38 at the hips.  It was uncomfortably tight in the chest so I let out the seams and while it was better, it still wasn't great.  It was a perfect fit for the eldest daughter so it hangs in her closet now.  The second try went up a size and again I had to let out the seams around the bust line for comfort.  It's still too tight but I think that's just a result of the pattern design.  It's described as fitted in the shoulders and apparently I simply don't like that feeling.  I do like the way the bottom swings out, though, so I may morph that bottom part onto another t-shirt pattern, maybe the Renfrew, to see what happens.  Anyway, here it is in all it's gaudy glory.

The neckline is from size 34.  The size 36 scoop would have been too low for my comfort.  I do have plans for next month; no more wandering in the sewing wilderness!

7 comments:

  1. I agree, I don't like the feel of tight around the shoulders and bust either - usually back ripples then show as well. The neckline is low - and I'm with you on liking high ones.

    Pity you don;t like it, because it has certainly been made nicely - maybe the daughter again ?

    We all spend time wandering, us sewers, so good luck with getting back on track.

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    1. It'll be sent to my middle daughter to check the fit on her but it's unlikely she or her sister would wear it. They're not bright color kind of people, to put it mildly!

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  2. Could it be the amount of stretch in your fabric? I have broad shoulders and a large bust and much to my surprise I didn't need to do a FBA on the Plantain shirt! I like the colors on you, hopefully it's the kind of shirt that gets better after wearing it a few times.

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    1. It has a good amount of stretch but I may follow your advice and try it in something that is reeeeelllly stretchy. I have a broad back too and make adjustments for it when sewing wovens. Usually a knit doesn't need the help but this could be one that does.

      Thanks for the compliment on the colors. I think they're fun.

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  3. Sorry for all of your disappointments, but there were benefits! This is a beautiful multi-colored top.

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  4. It sounds like you have really been busy sewing up a storm!!! I've been wanting to try the Plantain too. It is too bad the fit is 'off' as it is such a pretty color on you.

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