I never thought that I would come to this, but I am so sick of sewing knits! I've been making up the samples for classes, as I mentioned. While I was at it, I thought that it would be a good idea to try out the various necklines that come in the package for neckline options. Who knows which neckline a student will pick, and, well, I have to be ready. And while we're at it - who knows what sorts of fabric those students will choose, so let's try different fabrics, to see if there are any problems that could be averted. Get the picture? So now I have various t-shirts in various stages of construction. Only three were actually finished and taken to the store to hang up for open house tomorrow. The rest are languishing as UFO's for the time being, and I promise not to let them languish for too, too long, but I really do need a break from monotonous sewing.
Here, then are the pieces that went to the store. Pictures were snapped in a hurry on my way out the door. Turns out, that the best place for indoor picture-taking is in the living room, with the big window. Unfortunately, it is also one of the rooms that at present is in a rather shabby state, awaiting a paint job in the, hopefully, not-too-distant future. So - please ignore the strange line above the baseboard - that's what happens when you rip out carpeting and the baseboards sink a bit, as well as other odd things that I didn't manage to crop out of the pictures.
I put three of these motifs on the front and one on the back near the hem. Far from perfect. The bobbin thread showed through in a few spots, but ... it's done. I was at the store embroidering on one of the fancy machines yesterday. It took more time to pick off the stabilizer than to do the embroidery. (Oh, I do want one of those lovely machines!)
This is the boat-neck option (though I do prefer calling it a bateau-neck - sounds so much more elegant). It's a rather fine sweater knit. Rather a pain to sew, just because the skin on my fingers has become so rough, and I kept snagging on the fabric. No real damage done. Hmm - I do have a piece of fake suede in dark red that should become a skirt to wear with this.
Last, but not least - my wild side - with a funnel neck.
The patterns used were: Pamela's Patterns #104 The Perfect T-shirt and #107 New Necklines and sleeves for the Perfect T-shirt. Sorry, Pamela I guess I don't have a "REAL" figure, because I had to do quite a lot of tweaking to get this pattern to fit me. It was just way too big, even in the x-small. I do love all the neckline options. And now that I've fiddled and fiddled - I have a master pattern for t-shirts that I can just pop down on fabric, cut and sew. I'm sure that most people won't have this problem, because most people, it seems, come in slightly larger sizes than I do. Oh - the pattern has a shaped hem, which I left on for the funnel-neck, but which I straightened for the bateau.
Bonus! While contemplating what to do with all the scraps of knits and corduroy that were accumulating in the sewing room. Too small to make anything. Too large to just toss in the garbage. Got a brilliant idea. If all this stuff manages to attract all the dog hair in the vicinity while I'm sewing it, perhaps it will work for floor sweeping. I cut a piece to fit the Swiffer sweeper, popped it on and - lo and behold doggy hair and other assorted dirt on the floor got gathered up beautifully. Now I've cut a stack of pieces (9 X 12 inches, in case you're interested), and the scraps can be useful before they head into the garbage. With lots of hardwood, sweeping up is a constant chore. (Does this qualify as reusing or reducing?)
What will I make next? So many choices... Guess I'll have to just make a decision and stick to it.