I am not a seamstress. I am a clothing project parts hoarder. These 6 tubs and the wire drawers in the photo represent about 70% of the items I have accumulated over the past 20 years with the intent to sew clothing for myself.
My previous attempts at sewing for myself were either when I was a stick thin teen, or maternity clothes. I am SO out of my comfort zone, it isn't funny.
I decided to make a basic, perfect T-shirt.
I had a couple yards of thrift store Looney Toon fabric that seemed perfect for a trial.
I was also encouraged by a pattern that actually showed body curves.
I did think that the proportion seemed a bit small. But I did commit to following directions exactly (not one of my normal skills).
I pulled out several of my ready to wear t-shirts to compare. Even the most modest option shows far more space.
I split the difference between the 2 ready to wear options and drew a new neckline.
As a point of interest, the original back bias strip was 17". The replacement bias piece was 24".
Here's the fixed neckline.
I had not yet added the hems on the sleeves and bodice when this pic was taken ( I was taking advantage of a moment when a photographer was available.)
It doesn't look bad, but it is super-duper tight.
I was very careful about keeping any character from being centered on a nipple. That could be bad.
The circles are pretty well balanced down the center.
I would totally wear this T, but it would be more comfortable about 1/2" bigger.
LOVE how this pic makes me look like a supermodel.
Often times a knit fabric will give you a "give" ratio.
Sewing pros need to weigh in to teach me the appropriate lingo.
This knit was pretty tight. 10" only gave 2" of flex.
The ready to wear samples in my closet give 5" for every 10".
Think sports-bra....I have some mono-boob action happening here.
Mostly a good fit.
My standard T will need more length fore sure.
This ate up FAR more time than I expected. But time well spent if I figure out the ULTIMATE T-shirt pattern.
And this is my first installment in the sewing commitment posts.