You may recall that the Evil Monkeys were removed from my presence by the Grandparents for 10 days. Or you may not. I certainly do. Ah, those peaceful, tidy ten days.
Now, you might think that I spent this time sewing. Or (if you are Big In Japan) you might think I spent this time doing, you know, that stuff that grown-ups do when there are no Children of the Damned around… all over the house. Sadly, in both instances you would be mistaken. I am old. I spent this blissful ten days alternating between frantic chore-doing and abject slothfulness in front of the TV. Heavenly.
However, I did sew one thing. And it was even for one of the Monkeys, which I think is pretty big of me, really.
‘Member how I was whining about not making any polo shirts this summer? Well, I actually did make one polo-type shirt. In fact, it was making this polo-type shirt that caused me to realize the true cubical nature of TLo. Check it out.
I used the custom block I drafted for TLo this spring. My first version was a square-neck t-shirt so I had to alter the pattern to accommodate a collar. I also was using an old long-sleeve shirt I got from my mom for the fabric and apparently I’d already used some of it for something else (I have not one clue what that was) so I didn’t have quite enough fabric. Solution? I made a yoke out of an awesomely matching poplin that I had in the stash. Seriously. Exactly the same color. In the stash.
I would like to note that this almost never happens and you should be totally in awe of me.
Here’s the pattern with the original t-shirt on the left, the new yoke and collar on the right:
And here’s a close-up of the yoke and collar, which I did with knit on the top, poplin on the under-collar and no interfacing at all.
Here’s another cool thing: I didn’t have to do a real polo placket because of the seamed yoke. Again, you should be envious of my mad dezign skillz, people. Plus, for using a RTW shirt, so I didn’t have to hem the sleeves or the shirt hem. Flippin’ genius.
And if you’re wondering about TLo’s cubicalism, I think this pretty much says it all:
The nifty thing about drafting her own block is this:
When you put a Cube Shirt on Cube Girl, you get a nice flattering fit. Go figure.
(That’s a First Day Of School crown on her head. Everyone’ll be wearing them this year. You’re jealous, right?)