Happy Tuesday, sewing world! I have some news to share:
First of all:
It has been some time…. again… But I promise you, this time I am sticking around! We have moved into a house, furnishing is almost done, job is going well and I can sew and sew, and sew again! Therefore I cannot wait to blog as I used to, also Indie Pattern Month is just around the corner – it is going to be amazing!
I am de-stashing! I wanted to re-open my Etsy shop long time ago, and finally! I am listing interesting fabric finds, remnants, remnant bundles and also some marbled cards that I have been making. Keep checking back, I am adding new items every week – including this lovely and oh-so-soft floral cotton-blend (?) that I used for this summer T-shirt! If you’re interested – ASK ALISA Etsy shop
I am working on a capsule wardrobe for various seasons! I have been reevaluating sewing and joy that I get out of making garments, but not only that… I have been putting thought into what materials I use, what is good for the nature, where does my fabric waste go and is there anything I can do about it? The final thought is – I want to sew less for more. More pleasure, more wear, more quality materials, more fashion! I will be blogging about it soon and hope you can get some swing inspo too!
Okay, let’s get to this post! Sewing perfect summer T-shirt + Moji pants:
Why do I say “perfect” summer T-shirt? Well, it is light and features juicy colors, it is super versatile and most important, it is easy to take care of. I love linen and silks for summer wardrobe, but boy it is difficult not only to work with these fabrics, but also to take care after them. Which, by the way, never stopped me from using them, but it is nice to have some easier and less maintenance pieces in your closet.
Since I am breaking a lot of news today, have I mentioned that I am playing around with pattern drafting and creating? Yep, I found some good old books about pattern drafting and dart manipulation and I have been enchanted ever since. For this T-shirt I have created pattern myself and it is pretty straight forward. I first created angular design for a woven blouse and then adapted it with a curve of r fabric mix – like this one. Although jersey can be worked with no darts what so ever, I think that the curved line gives it a feminine touch and accents the bust line.
Pattern: self drafted (if I have enough knowledge and time, maybe I can convert it in PDF and post it soon… don’t hold me to it, it is just a though for now…)
Fabric: floral cotton blend (been in my stash for 2 yrs) and jersey
Process: super easy, however the neckline gave me a bit of a headache. For some reason I just could not figure it out. I stitched on classic t shirt neckline first, and something felt wrong, I then proceeded to use that neckline as under stitching, oh well… Centering the pattern was a bit of a pain too. This pattern does not run 100 % symmetric, and because fabric is so soft – it moves constantly. But job got done, with a bit of patience! I also used anew serger stitch!!! Not completely new, but I usually do not use it – flatlock stitch. I used it for the bottom band and it sits flat, awesome!
Seamwork Moji Pants:
This is my… third pair of Moji’s! Why so many??? Well, they are comfy and versatile, can be made in many materials, LOVE the drawstring “closure” option, love the pockets and they are a breeze to make! I have Seamwork magazine subscription and it is pretty handy, if you like their patterns!
Pattern: Moji pants, here
Fabric: it think it is a black rayon/cotton blend, I know I bought it from Jo-Ann’s… I like the sweatpants look that Moji has, but I don’t necessarily want to make them in jersey fabric.
Process: Business as usual, easy to make and pleasure to wear. I made a little mistake in cutting and did not have enough fabric for the cuffs, so I decided to go without them. I was thinking a first to choose a contrasting trim and fabric for the cuffs, but them it would limit what can I wear them with.
All in all, this is a perfect outfit for a day at home and you can throw on your ballet flats and maybe a cute cardigan, and ta-da! – you’re ready to go.
Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you again, let me know how did you like this post!