The “Birds In My Closet” T-shirt
This week’s theme is right up my alley. I’m definitely at a place in my sewing journey where I’m realizing that I really shouldn’t make every pattern I come across that I love. That is what I have done so far and I now have a closet filling up with dresses that I don’t wear that often. I love a dress….pattern. But in real life, I pretty much wear dresses to go to church and on occasional dates with my husband. Not the most practical thing for me to fill my closet with or spend my time on. What I wear most often, not unlike the majority of my peers, are t-shirts and jeans.
My ideal wardrobe piece would be easy to wear and easily stylish. Something I can throw on without thinking a whole lot about it, like a t-shirt, but something that looks a little more interesting than my favorite solid orange crew neck from Old Navy.
Also, as a random note, everyone could use more birds in their closet. Don’t you think?
Fabric: Jersey Knit from Girl Charlee
Pattern: Simplicity 2594
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: July 21 for pictures
Wear again? Positively yes!
Total price: $7
So here’s the story. After I came to the conclusion that I needed more t-shirt-like me-mades in my closet, I came across this picture in the Sewaholic Group on Flickr. I went straight to Girl Charlee to find it with the intention of making myself a cowl Renfrew to wear in the fall. Before I could cut into it, I happened to be in JoAnn’s and noticed a little boatneck t-shirt on the dress form. I went over to inspect and saw that it not only had a cute yoke in the front, but a cowl drape in the back. I thought it was just so cute and would be a perfect pairing with my new knit, but there was no pattern number on the tag attached to the shirt. All it said was Simplicity. Well, easy enough to find, right? I know what it looks like, I’ll just find it on the web. No dice. I ended up having to call the store and ask them to search for the pattern number. Success!
I found a surprise when I looked up the pattern number; the shirt I had seen on the dress form was backwards! On top of that, this pattern does not call for knits. No wonder I couldn’t find it by browsing the Simplicity site. I went to work looking for reviews… and there are plenty using all sorts of different fabrics with all sorts of different results.
This is really a fairly basic pattern, but the beginner might have trouble because there are some things you just have to base on experience. I knew I didn’t need to cut a knit on the bias as the pattern calls for. I knew I needed to cut the smallest size and might need to make the seam allowances bigger. I knew from the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress how this yoke might work. I’ve already made another pattern that has these same pleats to create a drape. All this made it an easy t-shirt to construct for me, but I wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner without a lot of patterns under their belt.
This is a complete win for me. I love bird fabric. I love this soft jersey even though it’s a little tricky to work with, being so thin and drapey. I met my goal of making an easy to wear piece that has easy style.
Extra plus: Either side can be the front, so I kinda got two styles of shirt in one!