Monday, April 2, 2012

Selfish sewing.

It is no secret I love to sew for my kids. But aside from bags and a skirt or two I haven't done much for myself. I don't feel confident enough to take my measurements and pick a size from the patterns nor do I feel I could make the adjustments needed. But, then again, a year ago I never thought I would be where I am in my kids sewing that I am today. So I decided to try my hand at the rose t-shirt by melly sews. I really do like it, but the fit on the top is not what I am used to. I typically wear a basic Old Navy tee I bought years ago or I found a shirt at Target I really liked a year or two back and bought three different colors. Yes, I am that lame.

I bought this bird fabric back before I was preggo with the twinners when I went to visit Ben's cousin and her kids in Vegas for the day. I fell in love with it but thought it might be too "old lady-sih" so I haven't done anything with it yet. But I loooove mustard and purple, mustard and grey, mustard and brown, mustard and navy... pretty much mustard with everything. The purple is just a cotton interlock from Joann's. Since it was just my test I went with that, next time I will for sure use a lighter weight jersey. I went with a size smaller than suggested for my bust and went a little longer than her suggested short sleeve length. This would be my one and only reason I would sew everything for myself, I hate where the sleeves hit on my flabby arms:)

Blech. Nice self portrait. Ben was gone and I am not about to hand my Cannon over to my three year old. I went with the longer length. I will make it again, though hopefully I can figure out the neck to tweak it more to my liking. It doesn't lay flat against my chest and Ben has dubbed it "bacon neck" (because it curls up and pops out depending on my shoulder position). I don't know if I need to go down a size, or if making it in a lighter weight knit will fix it. Hm. After Easter... I still am procrastinating on the kids' outfits... But I did just cut out Abby's Maggie Mae and one of the twins' Birthday Party dress...


  1. Mustard and purple do look great together! I'm part of the lame club.;)My closet is filled with t-shirts from Old Navy, Gap, and Target. I find a fit I like and *ahem* buy them in several different colors.

  2. Another fully paid up lame club member here too! The top looks great :)

  3. Heehee, glad I am not the only one! And thanks, I am pretty happy with how it turned out!

  4. I buy all my tshirts from one shop - in both long and short sleeve! (they have great specials - 3 for $30! - needless to say, I own a lot of them, and don't wear anything else...)

    Your shirt looks great - the colours are fab, and the fit looks good :-) - yay for selfish sewing!

  5. Love your color combo!

    Two tips - one, make sure the inside front facing is pulled down and stitched into the seam between the lower front and front pieces. You can pull it down further to keep the neck from flipping out.
    Two, try a topstitch close to the neck edge to help it lay flat. This is especially useful on the back facing.
    Hope that helps!