Deconstruction Construction and Searing Hot Mojo
Thanks go out once again to my friends Sherril and Shams who helped me with my latest make. In my last post about the knit t-shirt block I drafted with the help of Cal Patch’s book, I asked for help with the fit of the t-shirt. There was some extra fabric at the armscye near the bodice. I wasn’t sure how or if I could get rid of it. Sherril helped me scoop out the arm hole on my front bodice pattern piece. Then I re-worked the sleeve and sleeve cap. I think I still need to work on the sleeve cap but I am definitely on the right track. I’m so excited! I was able to get rid of the extra fabric at my armscye. Woohoo!!!
I was so excited that I cut out my next top yesterday afternoon. Ever since I saw this top, I have wanted to make my own. I had the perfect stretch lace in my stash. I bought it with Kyle when we met up on one of her trips. I was originally going to use it over a knit on a t-shirt, but once I saw the blocked t-shirt the other day, I knew I had to make that one instead. I used the same blue knit for the body that I used for the raglan sleeves on my first baseball t-shirt.
I copied and cut up my newly altered knit tee block. I raised the neckline so I would have enough of a top for the lace portion of the shirt. I cut both the front and back pattern pieces into two pieces each. I made a short sleeve pattern for this top. And I was good to go.
To construct the deconstructed t-shirt pattern, I used the following order of construction:
- Serged the front top and front bottom together, same with the back pieces.
- Serged the front to the back using clear elastic to stabilize the shoulder seam.
- Basted and serged my binding to the neckline.
- Attached the sleeves in the flat.
- Serged the side seams.
- Coverstitched the hem on the body.
- Trimmed the lace around the dots to finish the sleeves (Thanks to Shams’ suggestion!).
When I tried on my new top, I was super pleased that the fit changes worked for the armscye. I still need to add length to the front pattern piece. I need to think about where I want to add it in though. Must have a think about that.
Here is some photographic evidence.
I received a few unsolicitations today at school pickup. So I’m pretty chuffed. One woman even wanted me to sell her one. 🙂
So, I’m sure you’ve noticed that my mojo has been en fuego of late. I hope I’m not jinxing myself. I just love all the things I’ve made lately. It’s gonna be a great spring/summer. I can feel it!
Happy sewing everyone!