I’m working on pulling together pieces from the past few years and sewing up short cuts of fabric I’ve not had the time to sew for the past (mumble mumble) number of years due to commercial sewing, business or garden work and taking time to get over cancer, as well.
This year the garden did not fare well with all the rain and cool temps so I’m sewing up what I have intended to sew for the past 10+ years. The heck with food, we’re just going to have to plan on going to the store this winter.
I’ve made view A in a stretchy rayon lycra, on the shelf for so long I don’t remember any details
and view B in a cotton sateen with lycra from Michaels Fabrics many years ago.
I cut each of these at the XL size and then had to take really small seam allowances. I don’t buy clothes so I have no idea what size I’d buy and Connie’s sizing is different from the regular Butterick sizing. Did I take my own measurements and measure the flat pattern? Why, no, I didn’t. I have no clue why I didn’t. I went from the measurement sizing on the pattern and expected more ease. But she’s a technically correct one, that Connie Crawford is and that’s exactly why I wanted to use her patterns.
Surprise! My fabric choices are not regular tee shirt fabrics. Oh well, I made it work.
On each tee I lowered the neckline by 3/4″ and took a 3/8″ seam in the neck binding. I made View B without any other modifications to the pattern. On View A I shortened the shoulder length by 1/2″.
So, now for version C, with all the ease of a “regular tee shirt”, I have no idea how it will fit. I have some cute but “questionable” fabric to use and I’ll cut the same XL and lower the neckline and shorten the shoulder length by the same 3/4″ and 1/2″ respectively and we’ll just have to see what comes of that.
I like how these two pieces have paired up with other items so far.
Aqua Fern Top with McCalls 6247 made 2 years ago
Sateen Top with linen pants, both just made this week. The pants pattern as it has evolved from Vogue 8915 first cut in July
The Olive Top made from Vogue 8915 looks great with the new light green linen pants
The Vogue 1364 Warm Weather Jacket made in August works with them both
Back to the cutting table for version C and I have another linen pant to stitch up from the evolved slouchy pants pattern.
I have plans for a safari style short sleeved jacket in linen and an Issy Miyaki tunic in dupioni planned beyond that.
I love it when a such a long term plan comes together!