I love when people look sophisticated and put together. I love looking at people who wear an „outfit“ not only some garments, I love to explore other peoples style. And I really really also want to look like this. So, when I visited the fabric shop to buy more of the pink fleece for my exhibition and my eyes fell on this lovely striped fabric in the scrap box, I could not resist to buy it, because you know, it exactly fits with nothing in my wardrobe. 😂
You perhaps expected me to give you a recap of my exhibition today, but sigh double sigh, I am too tired and headachy. The opening las weekend went very well (as well as its possible during covid) and am really happy about this. I will write more about the exhibition when its finished and I am fitter.
Today will be a short post about a very slim fitting shirt I made, and I wore during the exhibition set up.
As written above the striped fabric kind of autonomously hopped into my shopping cart and I was forced to buy it. What shall one do…? Again, I forgot to measure the scrap I bought, but I guess it was roughly 1 x 1,40 m. Just enough for a long sleeve shirt…. Nearly.
At home after washing the fabric I noticed why it had a reduced price: someone had cut roughly 40 centimeters of the fabric, very annoying (note to my self: check the fabric better next time). To save on the fabric I decided to use a very slim fitting pattern I have drafted after the explanation of the amazing book Pattern magic stretch fabrics. As so often I forgot some crucial things while lusting after a quick sewing fix. For example, the drafted shirt pattern is meant to be the starting point for designing other clothes, so it’s drafted like a second skin. Very, very tight… But, as said, I forgot this.
While cutting the parts of the shirt I noticed that the fabric will not suffice if I cut the sleeves with the stripes in the „right“ direction (like the body), but why not make the sleeves with stripes in a different direction I thought. Yes, dear needleworkers, why? BECAUSE THE FABRIC IS LESS STRETCHY IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION!! (I am yelling at myself)
All cut out and still oblivious to my mistake I sewed the whole shirt together with my serger. No hiccups, all went well. Shirt done. Excitedly I put it on and had a bad awakening: the sleeves and armholes are too tight. It is wearable, but I would have liked roughly 2-4 cm more fabric around my biceps and armpit. I am not sure if I drafted the pattern wrongly, if the „wrong“ less stretchy fabric direction or both are the culprit. Additionally, I am wondering why the shirt is not tight from the waist downwards…
A good next step would be to draft the pattern again, or even make notes on the pattern pieces, so that I do not forget that the sleeves are too tight… yeah, I really should do this (while writing this my eyes are wandering to the kettle, and I contemplate making a very strong coffee in hope it will alleviate the headaches and the pattern is so far away… 🤣)
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