Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A Simple Flowery T-Shirt

Yes yes, I know I've been sewing again, and its not a wedding dress. Well I started this little number before my holiday last month, using some left over fabric from the awesomeness that was my Vintage Shirt Dress. It's really only an hour or two project at most, but deciding to start it the night before we were flying out wasn't the best idea... Anyway after doing a good bit of work on my wedding dress last week I decided to finish it off.
The pattern I used is sort of the 'Simple T-shirt' from the second Great British Sewing Bee book, Sew Your Own Wardrobe, but I had to make a ton of changes to get a good fit. This is actually the second one of these I've made, I did a muslin in the summer where I made all the changes, then I rustled up one in a gorgeous liberty print that's been cropping up in other blog posts here and there..
 I think I cut out the wrong size really as a lot of issues could have been alleviated by cutting out one size larger, such as adding a considerable amount to the bottom of the pattern pieces. I also often find I have excess fabric above my chest, so I took an inch or so out by converting it to the bottom of the pattern, and then taking in the side seams.
I used bias binding from the fashion fabric to finish off the armholes and neckline, which I find so difficult and fiddly to do. You can definitely tell I've improved at it though as the finish on this t-shirt is much better than the first one I did!
I really love the fit of this top. Its such a simple pattern that you could draft one yourself, as its just two pattern pieces cut on the fold, one for the front one for the back. The lower rounded hem at the back covers any love handles, and I find for a loose fitting top its actually very flattering. It also uses just under a metre of fabric so is perfect for using up leftovers or splashing out on a bit of Liberty.
I seem to have dresses coming out my ears and skirts galore, but can never find a cute casual top to chuck over a pair of jeans or under a winter jumper. Until now anyway... this certainly won't be my last make from this pattern!
Emily Kate.

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