I'm finally getting back to some sewing - and as I decided it was time to learn knits during the first bit of this year, I decided to finish earlier ideas that I was playing with. I was using New Look 6216 and playing around with the dolman sleeve top.
Here is the pattern:
View A (bottom right corner) is a dolman sleeve top - and I have previously made a muslin. Thank goodness, because the body was huge and the sleeves were tight and did not stretch.
I played around with the pattern and removed two inches from the bodice. I also shortened the sleeves until I worked out how to solve the dolman problem:
And came up with the above shape. Which I liked. So I wanted to make a t-shirt like this.
(I had already previously altered the neckline as the boat neckline would have fallen off my shoulders and shown my bra straps - not a look I like)
I like the length of the sleeves above, but I didn't have a suitable fabric to make this t-shirt - it's now on the list! So I decided to use this pattern and modify it more to suit the slightly cooler days we will get and to suit the fabric I had.
I added a sleeve band to add a bit of length and some warmth. But not too much warmth as the days will still warm up.
So, here it is with the sleeve bands:
The fabric is a different from the white knit of the muslin, so the hang of the t-shirt is a little different as well.
I am still getting the hang of sewing knits, and did have a slight pucker around the hem, but I think this will improve after washing and ironing. Anyway, in everyday action, no-one will notice:
I'm trying out taking photo's outside and learning to work with the camera. I have to pretend I'm actually acting (yes, I have a Drama degree as well as having been a Registered Nurse) and that this is not really me. I find that works :). I never had a problem being directed, but have had a problem directing myself in photos!
That's all of that series. Phewww!!
I'm glad actually I have a creative side to me, because it has always made my life easier if I have had to make difficult decisions as I have recently done. I have an inside wellspring I can draw on to make tedious times better. I'm still working through the process of my decision at the moment (it takes time, of course, working through a life transition), but things will work out in the end.
I hope you are all enjoying your sewing as well :)
P.S. - For those of you interested in colour - this colour suits me - you can see that it blends well with my skintone. This is a softer, muted colour, still quite rich - a colour that suits someone who is a summer - which I am. I still like the seasonal approach, but then I was a classic summer - not a light, muted or soft summer (or for those of you that know the tonal, a light, a muted, or a cool tone) so the summer colours are spot on for me.
P.P.S. - And can I get the dolman top to work ? - I will be trying to answer that question with my next t-shirt make :)