Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This month's CorpGoth status report is Love What You Do. There are a lot of things I love about my job: it's interesting, it's challenging, I have some great co-workers, and the pay is great. But one of the things I love the most about my job is the lack of dress code. Even the president of the company wears shorts. No one cares that my hair is purple, I'm pierced, or that I have visible tattoos. People might not understand my spooky weirdness and Halloween addiction, but they accept it and admire how I express it with sewing.
So for this entry, I've indulged my passion for stripes and made a long-sleeved t-shirt. The fabric is a thin black and orange-striped knit I bought a while ago in a lot of end pieces on eBay. A burn test revealed that I don't know how read the results of a burn test, but I think this is a poly-cotton blend. The pattern is McCall's 4261, in a mix of view A, view B, and my own crazy head. It was harder to find a long-sleeved t-shirt pattern than you'd think. I was resorting to looking at PJ patterns before I remembered I had this one in my (embarrassingly large) pattern stash. And, may I please state that this was probably the most wrinkly, poorly folded pattern I have ever encountered?
The sleeves from view B are only three-quarters, so I used the sleeves from the jacket. I should have redrafted the sleeve from the jacket to fit the armscye of the t-shirt, but they were pretty close to begin with and it's a knit anyway, so I just plunged ahead. I stupidly forgot to lengthen the sleeves (which is stupid because it's my #1 complaint about RTW garments), so I instead lengthened the cuffs. They still aren't as long as I would like, but not too ridiculously short.
The collar of the t-shirt is just meant to be stitched under, but I used the leftover rib knit for the cuffs instead. I decided it should be 3/4" (1.9 cm), plus the seam allowance. To arrive at the length, I found the percentage stretch of the cuffs to the sleeve and just applied that to the collar.
The difficulty here is minimal. View B has only four pieces: front, back, and the two sleeves. Sewing knits can be tricky; you have to stretch them a little when you sew (but not too much, as you can see the puckering a bit on the bottom). I was completely fearless when I began sewing, so would sew knits all the time, not knowing it was supposed to be more difficult. So this would probably be a good pattern for a beginner with no fear.