I'm so excited about my new tee shirt, I couldn't wait for the completed outfit before I post. So, I thought I would do a quick post about the tee shirt.
As I mentioned in my last post, I am preparing for an upcoming road trip. I am making a few warm-up/jogging suits and a couple of tee shirts.
Now,I'm not a big fan of boxy tee-shirts. However, trying to find a good fitted tee shirt in plus size petite is a challenge. So, I decided to make my own. I sew, right? For the tee-shirts, I decide to use Connie Crawford pattern B5215. I hit the jackpot. I won't wear another boxy tee shirt EVER, not even to lounge or work out. I'm so happy with this tee shirt, I'm ready to box up every boxy tee shirt I own and drop them off at the goodwill. Take a look. Here are the stats.
Fabric: Rayon jersey from JoAnns
Pattern Description: MISSES’/WOMEN’S PETITE TOP: You won’t believe how much mileage you get with these classic T-tops that are made especially to fit the needs of today’s woman. Options are endless create a dressy appearance or a casual sporty look, depending on your fabric. Pattern includes a relaxed, scoop neckline, cap or short sleeves. Change the neckline; add a collar or placket. Create a center front opening to develop a totally new look.
Pattern Size: XS - 6X I made the XL
Adjustments: The only adjustment I had to make was for my sway back. The pattern includes petite adjustment lines. I debated over a FBA adjustment. I decided not to make the adjustment.
Construction Details: I stabilize that shoulder with clear elastic. I use both my machine and serger. I used the stretch stitch on my machine for all the seams including the hems. I serger the allowances for a clean finish. I used my new friend around the neck.
Recommendation: I recommend this pattern. The possibilities are endless.
Now you maybe wondering who is my new friend. My new friend name is fold over elastic. I had purchased stashable yardage last year in NY in basic colors. I was looking to use it at some point. I like it on the tee's that I have seen in RTW. So, I decided to use it on my tee shirt instead of binding. It's incredibly simple to apply. You just have to be careful not to stretch too much. To apply it, I stabilized the neck with stay stitching about a 1/4 inch from the raw edge. (The pattern neck sa is 3/8 inch) I stitched one shoulder seam. Then place the elastic on the neck edge and folded over as I stitched. I used a semi-wide zigzag stitch.(about 3.5) Then stitched the other shoulder seam. Fold over elastic and I are going places.
Real quick. I recently downloaded this app on my IPad call notability. I have been having so much fun sketching my sewing ideas. Take a look. Now, I can't sketch/draw worth a penny. So be gentle. lol. I have been playing with color blocking ideas for a project I have in mind.
Up next is my Easter dress and thoughts from my sewing room.
Until next...........keep sewing!!!!