More raglan tee fun

Naturally, I couldn’t stop at my first raglan tee.

I adore this t-shirt. How much fun is the fabric?? It’s a new organic knit, Elk Grove, from Birch fabrics which I just had to have.

I used my own pattern again and it works. I used proper knit binding for the neck this time. I purchased this binding many moons ago from Lincraft and thinking about it, I don’t think I even knew what it was when I purchased it.

Unfortunately, while my t-shirt making is improving, my sewing of knit binding is not. It is a little bumpy and I don’t know how to fix it. I think I need a cover stitch machine. Well, that’s what I’m telling my husband 🙂

In addition to a new tee, I also have a new (old) lounge. We inherited this old 50’s club lounge from my husband’s grandparents, who passed away late last year. It’s incredibly sturdy, but also incredibly bulky and retro. It needs new covered seat cushions, which I’m thinking I’ll cover in a muted teal fabric, but I’m not sure if it will be enough to make it work in my house. There is also another single seater and a three seater. I guess I’ll just think about it and use spare quilts to cover the old seats for now.

I can’t help but giggle when I look at all the hodge podge furniture in my house. Once when I was younger and owned my first home, all our furniture matched. Now, not at all!!!

Hope you have a great Sunday!

Cost
Pattern: Self drafted = Free
Fabric: 1 yard elk knit fabric by Jay-Cyn from Fabric Worm = $20.50 inc part shipping
Fabric: 1/2 yard poppies in sun from Fabric Worm =  $10.50 inc part shippig
Binding: Old!! $1??
Thread from stash
Total: $32

Basics – making and modifying

I’ve been adding more basics to my wardrobe this past week. I don’t know about you, but I can never seem to find a nice t-shirt on the weekend.

First, I made a quick Alexa tee – photographed appallingly in the bright afternoon sun!! The colours are far deeper than pictured.

This pattern from Tessuti is a real wardrobe staple. It has a classic shape, and is super fast and easy to make. For this version I used a cotton lycra knit from The Remnant Warehouse. It has a spooky tree looking border print which I just had to buy, but then found myself wondering how to use it.

Simple is often best.

The second addition to my basics wardrobe is a modified version of McCalls 6553.

While I wore this dress a few times last year, I found the front hem just a little too short to wear without tights. I also found the volume a little too hard to pull off.

Over the weekend I lopped off about 6 inches and now I have a cute new top.

With a quirky flare at the back!

Happy hump day!

Cost:
Pattern: Alexa Tee – used before = Free
Fabric: 1.2m knit from The Remnant Warehouse (I can’t remember the cost!) approx. $13??
Thread from stash
Total: $13 or thereabouts.

Raglan tee love!

I’ve been dreaming about raglan tees these past few weeks. Obsessively.

When some Liberty arrived at my door step, I earmarked a divine black floral piece for my first ever raglan tee.

I purchased the fabric from Shaukat, but it appears this print is now sold out. It is a 100% cotton granton jersey and is the perfect weight for a tee. The black sleeves are a remnant of cotton jersey that was originally purchased at the op shop. The binding is some sturdy ponte, which I used before I found my black binding 🙁 At least it works.

I drafted the pattern by myself, as I was unable to get my hands on a proper one fast enough. That’s the way I roll. When I need, I need now and sometimes just make do with what I can do myself. It could do with some improvements though, so I may actually purchase a real pattern for the next one.

I’m really happy with this tee. I wore it to soccer today, as seen here with cons and premium wool socks, and received a compliment from one of the other soccer mums. So I think it’s a win.

Cost:
Fabric: 1m Liberty Jersey inc part shipping $27
Fabric: Black cotton jersey and ponte remnants, costed previously = Free
Pattern: Self drafted = Free
Thread from stash
Total: $27

Vogue 8390

I’m catching up on blogging items that I made earlier this month.

Here is Vogue 8390, made with a soft merino knit from The Fabric Store.

I’m pretty happy with this. I toiled the pattern as I was worried about gaping due to my lack of bust. I ended up modifying the neckline a little to remedy the gape and I’m so pleased I did this with a toile as it would have been hard to hide on the finished top.

The only change that I’d make next time is that I’d reduce the shoulder depth a little, as it does extend just slightly over where I’d prefer it to sit.

Cost:
Pattern: Vogue 8390 $8 inc part shipping ??  I can’t remember when I purchased this, so I’m just guessing.
Fabric: 1.5m merino knit from The Fabric Store: $30 (but I used a fabric voucher to buy this, so it didn’t cost me anything but a little loyalty to The Fabric Store)
Thread from stash
Total: $38