So. I didn’t do a thing on day four. And then on day five, yesterday, there was a revelation. Not of any world altering variety, but something pretty relevant (for me at least): that I can make a decent t shirt with knit fabric!You have no idea who long I have been procrastinating on this one. I have had the pattern for ages; finally this week I made the hopscotch skirt. But the knit was still too terrifying to embark on, and despite having read all very reassuring things from first timers and veterans I couldn’t do it.
Until yesterday, I decided post dinner that it was time to take the plunge.I know it sounds silly, but this is a pretty big deal for me. Because it means I no longer have to buy badly made t-shirts (at cheap prices), or well made ones (at prices that I can’t afford), or use (non-existing) bargaining skills to get the latter at the price of the former.
Also I can now possibly try making tights?
The pattern of course is from Oliver+S, and I can honestly say that only Liesl’s instructions would have made me do this. The fabric comes from an old t-shirt of mine (so yes, I cheated on the hem, by using the existing one). After I cut it out I realised that it was thinner than the other knit fabric I had planned on (a new one). In my moment of panic I had cut into an t-shirt (this) in case I totally failed.
I extended the length of the shirt and sleeves by about 1″. The sleeves however look a bit snug to me. It’s comfortable, but I wonder what would be the best way to make them a tiny bit looser.
Oh, and I made a couple of tiny changes: I used a piece of cotton cloth at the shoulder seams (cut in 1/2″ strip) in absence of any stabilising tape. While it made the seam a tiny bit bulky, nothing that I can’t live with.One more thing, I did all the seams in the zig-zag stitch because I couldn’t find the stretch stitch on my machine. Probably has one, but I couldn’t find it. It doesn’t look weird, in fact quite nice, and I’ll stick to the same for the next one. So, all in all, rather delighted with this. N too is very pleased. Her favourite colour, for one. But the fabric is so soft and drapey, what’s not to love?
For fellow procrastinators, all I can say is that, read the instructions carefully and just do it. I think you, like me, will never look at another t-shirt with the same eyes again 🙂