When you just get the itch for something quick to sew – pick a knit – just definitely not a knit that has plaids or stripes or any other kind of lines that need to be matched. That very definitely adds more than just a few minutes to the amount of time spent on said “quick” sewing project.
Some sort of ponte/double knit fabric. It’s been hiding out in the cupboard for some time. A t-shirt dress is always a good pick – easy to sew, easy to wear. Nothing too exciting to report about this sew – except the obvious issue of having to line up the black bits with the black bits and the olive bits with the olive bits. This is my usual “just a lengthened version of Pamela’s Patterns T-shirt”. Although, I could mention that … Pamela gives ¼ inch seam allowances on her patterns. I’ve widened mine to 5/8 inch – at least on the side seam/sleeve seam. Gives me a bit more “fudge” room for fit. Good thing that I did have that bit extra this time around. For once I was smart, and I actually basted the sides together and actually tried on the dress, before committing to serging those seams. Turned out, due to the not so stretchy character of this fabric, the sleeves felt rather tight. (I know – tight – on me?? It does happen.) Easy solution – serge at ¼ inch. Automatic fit improvement.
|Collar piece - just a rectangle cut to the size of the neck opening|
|Back of neck|
Didn’t want a plain round neck (bound in black or otherwise), and decided on a ”60’s” collar. And just for “continuity”, I bound the sleeve edges in black.
This is how it normally gets worn.
…and then there were leftovers… (I’m on a “kick” at the moment to not leave significant pieces of leftovers, especially if there is a quick way to use them up.) Not enough for a whole tunic, but definitely enough for a front and back. Black sleeves.
Decided to add a “tail”.
(Oh no! One more seam that needed to be matched!) Black fold-over elastic to finish off the neck.
And because I figured the hem configuration would look just plain odd with a belt, I needed to add “a little something” at the back.
(Didn’t even realize that I had olive buttons until I started digging.)
Tunic has yet to be worn – waiting for a new pair of black jeans – or may-be I should just wear the darn tunic and not wait for the new black jeans to magically materialize in my closet. (I have fabric - they just need to happen!)