I spent all day yesterday debating rather to blog this make or not. As much as I want to be. I’m just not in love with it. Which is unfortunate, because I am in love with this fabric: a charcoal and white double knit cotton with stripes on one side and dots on the other. Its silky soft too.
When I bought this fabric over two years ago, I planned to make a tank style, reversable, maternity dress. The project was about number three on my sewing list, but by the time I got to it my old machine had developed a taste for fabric. It ate everything I tried to put through it. So, the fabric went into the stash and by the time I had a new machine I had moved on to other things and I was no longer pregnant. I rediscovered it this fall and have been obsessing over it for a few weeks. I knew I wanted to keep it simple, but I didn’t want a t-shirt.
Enter the thrifted pattern.
Usually, I sew for me using self drafted patterns. I gave up on commercial patterns years ago when I realized that I was spending more time resizing them than I would spend actually making the pattern myself. Plus, I never quite follow a pattern the way it was designed. However, this pattern was simple and basic. That’s exactly what I wanted. What could go wrong.
Why did I ask?
I started out with a pattern size smaller than what the manufacturer recommended, because I didn’t want my tunic to be quite as boxy as the one pictured. Even then I had to size it down. The very first thing I did was take 3/8 inch off all around the neck line. Still it was enormous, so I did a little tricky thing with the collar by handstiching in a box pleat and embellishing the detail with two vintage buttons.
Oh and yes, my facing is on the outside and made with an entirely different process than the pattern intended.
I also took 1 inch off the bust at underarm on each piece (a total of four inches) and tapered it out to the waist. Then I lowered and set the bust point back by 1 inch in each direction. Thankfully, the fitting on the bodice is perfect.
Thinking I was in the clear, I stitched it all together and discovered that I had forgotten something very important. I failed to size down the shoulder (and the collar is still larger than I would prefer).
The excess size makes it a little more relaxed than I had intended. Layered under or over another garment it is feasible, but on its own it feels like a night shirt. I sure the fabric choice and lettuce edged hems don’t help.
I have thought about removing the sleeves and doing the alteration to the shoulder, but mentally I have already moved on to bigger and better things. Layering is my look anyway, so I’ll just go with it.