Yay more sewing! I had planned to make another Julia cardigan next, but I was over Jersey fabric after all those plantains, so got a new pattern instead – the Paprika Patterns Onyx Shirt. It’s a dartless closureless boxy tshirt, similarity to the Scout tee. I’ve been wanting to get a Scout for a while since there are so many great versions around the blogs (particularly Helen, the queen of the Scout), but actually I prefer this one with the clever cuffs and epaulettes. It’s also a Pdf, which I prefer as it means I can redo things easily when I need to change something.
Which I think I will have to do for this. I cut a size 5 (my bust measurement was between a 5 and a 6). I wasn’t really expecting it to fit that well at all, given that this is drafted for a b cup and I am currently ambling in f-g territory, but was pleasantly surprised! It’s just right on the chest and stomach. The shoulder seams are way, way off my actual shoulder though. I’m actually wondering if that is a wider issue than that it needs an FBA. I don’t *think* I’ve got narrow shoulders, maybe they are very slopey? What’s the word for that if I need to fix it?
Anyway, I have started making my next one in a size 4 with an FBA, so we’ll see I guess. More on that when it’s finished!
Back to this one! Fabric is some cheap I ikea stuff. I got it years ago with the intention of using it for a Chardon skirt practice run, although that wouldn’t have worked anyway, since it’s slightly see through which is fine for a top with a vest underneath but not a skirt. I had it in my head that it was 100% cotton, but It’s fairly stiff, so maybe some kind of cotton linen mix, they do sell that I think? Anyway, it’s not ideal but I need to use it for something and I do like the design. I will definitely wear this top, in fact I already have three times since I made it.
As you can see, I ditched the cuffs and epaulettes, I thought I’d wait with those until I’d got the fit right. This was the first time I’ve ever finished a neckline with bias binding on the inside, which I prefer to having it visible on the outside. The instructions for this part are excellent (as indeed are all of them, but this part in particular is explained in a lot of detail). I also used a lightweight and soft fabric binding you can buy in packs in John Lewis, so much nicer than the stuff scratchy stuff you can buy by the metre.
That’s all I can think of to say about this. More versions coming soon, hopefully.