There comes a time when every home sewist realizes they need too sew some simple wardrobe basics, rather than fancy, impractical, silk frocks. While I parented solo for most of the weekend, I was able to enjoy two lovely, lazy mornings with the kids lounging around while I sewed! Best – weekend – ever! And I managed to sew three basic tops.
The pattern worked well and is a basic fitted tee. I made a size small, which my measurements matched with, but it is not as fitted as I would like. Next time I will grade it down a little. The only changes I made to the pattern was to shorten and shape the sleeves into cap sleeves, which I think fits this busy print better, and I also deepened the neckline by about an inch.
New Look 6145 in black ponte.
I wanted a more structured boat neck tee to wear with my new patterned trousers and this thick ponte worked a treat. I love that I was able to sew darts for shape, but still keep the boxy style. I made the same modifications to the sleeves and armscye that I made for my shift, but omitted the back darts. I faced the neck for a clean finish and hand stitched the facing in place as it didn’t quite sit flat. I really love this top and wore it today!
Like the necklace?? Have you played with polymer clay recently? The kids and I had a bunch of fun making up these beads and I love that they feel like they contributed to this necklace even though most of their beads didn’t quite make the cut.
Lastly, Renfrew in black wool knit.
Another favourite top in a lovely, black, wool knit. I know two black tees, but I really felt that I needed them. I made a size 6 this time, but should have sized down. I did note that last time I made this pattern, but I seem to have lost the pattern somewhere in the sewing black hole. I lent it to someone and kept my tracings, but when they returned it, I’ve obviously put it in a ‘special’ place. Bum! Oh well, I can always trace someone else’s. The tee is still perfectly wearable and lovely to wear.
So a good weekend and a lovely sunny start to the week! Happy Monday all!
Pattern: Tessuti Alexa tee = $10
Fabric: Liberty remnant from sister = free
Thread from stash – I used brown to stitch the hem as I had nothing to match, so I’ll add $2.70 for when I unpick and re stitch the hems 🙁
Pattern: New Look 6145 – used before = Free
Fabric: 1.2m black ponte from My Hung = $16
Thread from stash
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew – used before = Free
Fabric: 1.2m wool knit from The Fabric store: $24 (but I purchased this with a voucher from my frequent shopper card so it was really free-ish 🙂
Thread: from stash
Total for all three tops = $52.70