I finally have had a chance to get to some sewing this week. I really just can not tell you how much I hate May. But now it’s June and we’re all ready for summer to start-- oh wait. It’s been over 100 degrees for the past week. I guess summer started a while ago.
In any case, I finally got around to looking at my custom-drafted t-shirt pattern ala Cal Patch’s Weird Custom Drafting Book, a.k.a. Design-It-Yourself Clothes. Which I wrote about in this post. To recap, after some serious fitting adjustments I basically ended up with a sloper with side bust darts. And that’s where I left it.
This week I picked up that pattern and decided that I would try adding some wearing ease (not present in the final pattern), some adjustments for my hunchback (always present on my body) and see what happened (usually a nerve-wracking experience).
What happened is I created the perfect t-shirt. No. Really. It’s perfect. I am a flippin’ genius and you must bow down and worship the ground I, uh, sew on.
Don’t believe me? Fine. Be like that.
Here’s the final (blurry) result, in which I added a more scooped neckline and left the bust dart in place.
I used a light-weight poly knit of some mysterious type which I bought from Emma One Sock about four years ago. It is awesome. Here’s a more color-appropriate swatch:
Here’s the (burry) side view and the (blurry) back view.
OK, so it’s maybe slightly too loose around the middle. I wasn’t sure how the fabric would hang and I didn’t want it to be clingy. I could take it in a quarter-inch on both sides probably.
And OK, it was really hard to get a good picture on my own (but significantly easier than trying to get The Husband to understand what qualifies as a “good” picture).
So you might not, in fact, be able to appreciate my genius sufficiently. But trust me when I say that this top is the best-fitting and most flattering top I’ve owned in a while. Plus, because I have the darts in place, I can now move those around into gathers or pleats or whatever and make about a bajillion different styles.
Genius, I tell you. And now I’ll have time to do some more. I love June.
The month of June. Not, you know, June Cleaver. Although she could wear a mean pearl choker while, you know, baking cookies. Or whatever.
Right. So when I Googled “June Cleaver” this is what I got:
I think “yummy” pretty much covers it. I don’t know who this woman is that’s posting this stuff, but I loooove her. She is my new hero. Clearly, she is a genius.
Takes one to know one.