Saturday, 4 January 2014
The T-Shirt Project - Part One . Burda Feb 2013.
One thing I really do need are T shirts - I have a sparse collection and all have stains or holes except one ( which is only about 15 years old ! ) so the situation was getting a little desperate hence the T shirt project was born. And since I have fabric and patterns stashed I got the sewing machines buzzing .
I started with a popular pattern from Burda magazine February 2013 - the gathered raglan sleeve top.
Fact- this is the only pattern I sewed in 2013 from a pattern dated 2013 !
Fact - I only bought one ready to wear top in 2013 - and it was exactly the same pattern as this , in blue !
This is a very easy pattern but I managed to muck it up by sewing the back of the sleeve to the front bodice piece . Simple enough to unpick though.
I sewed a size 38 but it was too small through the abdomen area. I have sewed just shy of a dozen projects from Burda over the years and size 38 has always served me well so I think this pattern may run small. However it may also have been my fabric choice - a good quality cotton lycra knit but quite hefty so perhaps a lighter weight fabric would have worked better?? It did fit well around the arms and bust though . I found the neckline gaped a bit even though I shortened the neck band as advised by others who have made this up. Finally I do not think the horizontal stripes are doing me any favours .I did manage to match the stripes but in the completely opposite way !
Verdict - FAIL- sort of. ( given to my eldest daughter who likes it , fits her better and has worn it )
PS - The T-Shirt project also refers to a book called The Rosie Project - highly recommended if you want to read a laugh out loud book to cheer you up - it is also set in Melbourne- a little nostalgic bonus for me .