The “Victory over Reality” shirt
What’s really missing in my closet are a few relatively basic t-shirts – my t-shirts (all store-bought) are starting to fall apart so I thought it was time to tackle knit fabric and make a t-shirt for myself. As much experience as I have with woven fabric as little experience I have with knit fabric. The only time when I sewed knit fabric was when I was pregnant and needed two maternity shirts and then I made a few pajamas for my son… I didn’t care much about the quality then – after all, one doesn’t wear maternity wear forever and my son doesn’t care what his pj’s look like as long as there are cute dragons and knights on them. But this time, I finally wanted to do it right and it turned out to be a real PITA. I really had no clue how to finish the hems in a good way. They neckline always stretched and got all wonky…I finally managed to find a good online tutorial on how to do a neckline binding for knit fabric. (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3839/video-a-neckline-binding-for-knits) I wish I knew how to finish the neckline without a binding (I have seen it this way but it just doesn’t work out) but right now I am quite satisfied with the binding solution. One can play with contrasts very well and I am always a big fan of contrasts so this is totally fine with me right now.
Once I had figured out how to finish the hems/neckline, it was an absolut breeze to make the shirt. I actually managed to sew this one here this morning between breakfast and taking off to a birthday party my son was invited to. I was able to wear it there and we took pictures in the park where the bday party took place. We were close to the “Siegessäule” (Victory column) which is situated right in the center of Tiergarten, one of Berlin’s biggest and most central parks. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get a good pic of me in front of the column (the sun was too strong) so I am including a pic of the column only. This shirt has been a victory for me indeed. It took me severaly nights to figure out my general problems with knit fabric. And my son is at home right now because his kindergarten is on summer break for three weeks so I hardly get to spend time at the sewing machine. Still, I managed to whip up this shirt within less than 2 hours and if the thread of my sewing machine hadn’t constantly ripped, I would have needed 1 hour only. I count this as a glorious victory over reality and as you can see in the pics, the outfit is made for the real life of a busy mom. Josh had to be in the pictures because he started to mope around immediately when my husband wanted to take pics of me only. Josh’s pants are made by me, too, so I guess he has a right to show up in Sew Weekly again. ;)
My own pants are relatively old and not really part of the challenge. Although I might add that I finally took the time to take a hammer and fix a new jeans button on them. They’d been lying around unrepaired for weeks but thanks to Sew Weekly I finally took 5 minutes to attach a new button. This t-shirt looks the best with these grey pants so I really wanted to wear them for the photo shoot. (So much for making a basic t-shirt for myself – it only works well with one of my pants. Haha. So typical of me.)
PS: I have tasted blood with knit fabric. I am afraid you’ll see quite a lot of t-shirt duing the next few challenges. ;)
⁃ Pattern: shirt: sewing pattern from a German Burda magazine (around 2005); pants: old pattern from German pattern manufacturer “Neue Mode & Stil” (around 1998)
-Fabric: 1 yard of knit fabric from stash (Didn’t I tell you I have a lot of paisley fabric in my stash?) – was originally about 1.50 Dollar/yard.
-Year: 2005 and 1998
⁃ Notions: jeans button for pants, zipper – from stash
⁃ Time to complete: 1.5 hours for the shirt (not counting the time it took me to figure out my fundamental problems with knit fabric…). I made the pants last year.
⁃ First worn: On July 22 to go to a children’s birthday party with my son.
⁃ Wear again? – Yes.
⁃ Total price: $1.50