In addition to a ton of Historical Sew Fortnightly sewing (which I always seem to be a little behind on), I’ve been doing a bunch of everyday wardrobe sewing – I have to keep my hand in for teaching!
A few weeks ago I took an afternoon off for me, and cut and sewed three t-shirts using my adaption of the Blank Canvas tee (lower neckline, shaped sides, slightly longer sleeves, 2″ added in length).
I really like black and white t-shirts. I look great in both black and white, and I appreciate their ability to go with anything. Jeans, black and white tee over a merino singlet, coloured or patterned jacket or cardigan = instant autumn wardrobe
The black and white stripe and plain white are fabrics I picked up at Fabric-a-Brac in November, the owl fabric I got at April’s Fabric-a-Brac. They were all less than $2 a metre. Hurrah for fabric bargains and stash-busting!
Sewing things like tees up in bulk is such a time saver – do all the shoulder seams and side seams, switch the needle, reinforce the shoulders and hem, switch the needle back, sew the neck binding and sleeve hems, close the last bits of neck and underarm, switch the needle back to double, finish neck and sleeves, and done! All told, it took me less than four hours for three shirts from fetching out the fabric to finished project.
The owl fabric is by far my favourite. How awesome is it? The stall I bought it at had quite a bit and was selling it by the metre, and the person in front of me bought all of it but a funny piece with bits cut out. The seller tucked it away under the table as she didn’t think anyone would want it, but I had a look and reckoned I could get a tee out of it if I cut carefully – and I did!
I’ve got just enough of the fabric left to make a pair of knickers with an owl right across the bottom too 😉
Next up in sewing for me: a modern winter cape in grey-wool, and an early ’60s raglan sleeve shift dress in dark teal wool knit. But first, back to corsets and blouses for lace and lacing!