And this fabric (on sale at G Street this weekend) is amazing.
Isn't it hard to buy something as plain as a white knit? Maybe the white was inspired by the wedding gown in a recent post! I got enough to make 3 t-shirts.
It is a 4-way stretch cotton knit with lots of loopiness on the wrong side; like a terry. It's beefy & lofty & light. I don't know about you, but I need fabric with some body to it. It is hard to wear a jersey knit (too clingy for my taste). Jersey is not fun to sew either, now that I think about it. But this fabric was pure pleasure to work with.
The darts- maybe could be a little higher and shorter next time.
Here are the changes I made to the pattern (in this post)
The front did not change much- I just straightened the side seam a little bit. It no longer curves in.
In the back, the shirt was too wide at my armpits, and the armscy was too high. I dropped it by about an inch and removed about inch from the side seam. I re-drafted the entire side seam to match the front with a gentler curve.
The center back seam was curvier before, too. I re-drafted it to be straighter.
The sleeve! That's where I needed to add width to make up for what I removed on the bodice. I widened the pattern across the horizontal balance line at the armscye and I added height to the sleeve cap.
The fitting adjustment to the sleeve and the armscye were epiphany-ish.
I have had that problem on so many garments! I finally see the relationship between the armscye and the sleeve for my particular body. I need quite a bit more width in the sleeve in the armpit area, and a much smaller armcye than what comes straight out of the envelope.
Oh it feels good to figure that out!
I hope I am making sense. If I get the chance I will take a pattern-drafting class some day. I bet it all of this would make a lot more sense.
Nevertheless, I have a good t-shirt pattern now.
This means I can branch out and make some cute knit tops and dresses this summer!
That is a happy thought!
I hope you had a nice weekend-
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my sewing adventures with you.