At some point the weather will turn cool; Fall, then Winter will be upon us.
I realized last winter that a lot of my long sleeve tops are solid colors. I wanted a bit more pizzazz in the winter wardrobe. Something to brighten up the day, if you will.
So, another rendition of the Milkmaid-T (or as I sometimes call it, the sourpuss T, because the pattern model looks like she’s eaten something really nasty 8-)).
Not much to say about the construction, as I’ve made this top many times before.
The fabric was a surprise though. It’s from the Nicole Miller collection being offered at Joann’s. When I popped in for thread, I was very surprised to find something of this quality, much less 50% off, so of course it had to come home with me.
Just to be sure I understood the techniques in the Ultimate T-Shirt class, I made another one.
This time I used three different knits from the newly organized, easily found stash. What’s difficult to see is that the red flower print has clear sequins scattered about, so the whole shirt is festive.
The pattern is Vogue 8793 styled as shown on the envelope front. The pattern tweaks from the first version all worked quite well. I’ll be wearing this to our family’s Christmas Eve gathering tonight.
The Ultimate T-Shirt is a Craftsy class taught by Katherine and Marcy Tilton. Craftsy is an online portal for various and sundry crafting classes. It’s free to join. They offer some free classes, and if you sign up for their mailing list, classes of one sort or another go on sale all the time.
The other nice thing about Craftsy is that there is no expiration date on the classes. You can go back and take any part, any time, again and again and again.
True confessions time – while I’ve signed up for several classes, this is the first one I’ve actually finished. The Ultimate T-Shirt class includes the pattern, which is mailed to you on enrollment. Marcy & Katherine take turns with the videos, each showing a different construction step / technique.
I know, T-shirts. How hard can they be? Still, I thought it might be fun to take, and learn something new, which is exactly what happened. A new technique for neckline bands. One which I’ll use on future tops, to be sure. In case you’re wondering, Craftsy provides no remuneration or input of any kind to me. I just took the class.
The pattern is Vogue 8793, by Katherine Tilton. The class has you dropping the fancy collar pictured on the pattern for learning a basic collar band. I made mine out of leftover ponte knit from the Mabels.
The good: rather than being a muslin, as I had first thought, the T-shirt fits well enough that I will actually wear it. The class is informative and light-hearted. Even an old sewist can learn new tricks.
The operator error: Screw-up in flat pattern measuring resulted in a sleeve that was way too tight. Corrected by reducing the seam allowance. Also had to lower the armscye.
Almost, but not quite too late in the season.
Another rendition of Vogue 8737, the Milkmaid T, as I tend to call it. No matter how I try, every time I see the front of the pattern envelope, I think of Marie Antoinette and Petit Trianon, pretending to milk the goats in her finery.
But, enough history!
I tried stripes this time, and think they worked out very nicely. When my arms are down, the stripes on the sleeves are vertical, when raised, like Flora is showing, they match the body of the top. It’s a nice trick.
The fabric is some mystery poly knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics, long gone from their inventory. It is very textural, with thin sheer sections between each of the heavier knit stripes. The 3/4 length sleeves will come in very handy – cool enough for the warming days, warm enough for after sunset. Ruching at the sides to hide the fact that I’ve been eating way too many french fries of late!
Another rendition of Vogue 8597, a cowl neck top with raglan sleeves. This time I made it using a lovely, fine wool knit recently on sale at Fabric Mart Fabrics.
This top should work very well for keeping me roasty toasty this winter.
There’s nothing much to say about the pattern or the sewing, though I did deviate from the standard procedure a bit. Several months (issues?) back, Threads magazine had an article on doing slot seams.
What’s a slot seam? You sew a regular seam slightly wider than normal with a basting stitch. Press the seam open. Back it with another fabric, and topstitch the backing fabric through the seam allowance from the right side. It sounds complicated, but is very easy to do. Go ahead and read the article!
I was rather taken with the idea, and thought it would be a nice change of pace for this top. The seams along the top of the raglan sleeve lended themselves to embellishment quite nicely.
I used a zig zag stitch with variegated embroidery thread to highlight the topstitching. Since the fabric is a pretty though mousy brown this bit of highlighting did the trick! The same backing fabric also binds the sleeve hems.
Looking like clothing for a long-necked giraffe
But it’s not. Trust me. That’s actually the cowl, straightened up. When it’s worn, and all folded down, it’s much softer.
Though I suppose wearing this shirt with the cowl pulled up over one’s face might make for a good robbery mask. Or disguise. Instead of “Who is that woman in those Foster Grants” it would be “Who is that woman in those stripes”. Naah. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
I did my best to match said stripes, and was mostly successful. The shoulder stripes on the back don’t quite line up…but that’s OK by me. I don’t see my back.
The fabric is a rayon from Stonemountain and Daughter…on their sale table, no less. The thin gold bits take it from boring to bang!
Another take on the Vogue 8737, the asymmetric top. I really like how the words and phrases wrap around hither and yon. Thankfully I won’t be the one trying to read any of them!
Once again, I used some of the good stuff, a beefy rayon knit acquired from a local quilt shop, of all places. They have a small selection of garment fabric, but it is high quality, and I am thankful for that.
I think this fabric has been aging in the stash for well over a year.
Not much to be said about the sewing. All the seams were sewn on the serger, then I used the coverstitch to hem everything and tack the facing down. I still haven’t decided if I want to try this style with a neckline binding. For now, the facing works fine.
The fabric, however, I really, really, really like. I have saved all the leftovers, and hope to squeak out one more top – probably short sleeved or sleeveless.