I used this lightweight rayon jersey, which is fairly sheer but extremely comfortable. As you can see, I could not and did not wait to do a photo shoot before wearing it! In fact I wore it on a hike Saturday, it went through the wash on Sunday, then I wore it Tuesday, so….yeah I kind of like this shirt!
Size: While I would do a size 4 for a woven tee, I made it in the size 2 in this 20% stretch fabric, with 3/4″ added length because I love a good front tuck.
Difficulty: It was fairly easy, though I didn’t properly measure (ok or measure at all) the neck-band and had to do it twice, then add 2″. While the tutorial gives an approximate measurement, the problem is that it will be different lengths with different fabric. Hopefully I’ll just get better at guessing with experience. I also will not use the cutting mechanism on my serger next time and will hopefully get a more evenly wide neckband.
Alterations: I used my new styling curve to give it some shape at the waist, using a new Target tee shape as a reference.
I’m really glad I did that, it gives it a nice feminine drape. For the next one I’ll probably lower the curve a bit.
I used some tee scraps to upcycle this hoodie I got at the thrift store, which originally had an ugly red and yellow graphic. I cut out about 35 petal shapes, arranged them and used a glue stick to hold them, then free-motion quilted the inside curve of each petal. I didn’t get exactly the contrast I wanted by using the right and wrong sides of the rayon, but it’s definitely more wearable now.
All in all, it was a good week for the handmade wardrobe! I haven’t been doing any quilting, but I just got two custom orders so that will be happening soon.
What are you working on? Did you see that Beth is hosting a quilt photography series? I can’t wait to follow along and improve my photos. Make sure to check it out!