Tentative joiner joins

So, for the first time, I’m joining me-made May. I’ve watched others for the past two years, kind of envying them, but I don’t exactly have a lot of experience joining things … I I finally took the plunge this year, after waffling back and forth. My pledge is to wear me-made every day, but I could hardly avoid doing that as I own only a few sweaters and the odd jacket that I haven’t made myself. The real part of the pledge is to never wear the same combination of clothes two days running. This means¬† I’ll have to a) put clothes away and b)¬† make a deliberate choice about what to wear in the mornings. It’s easy when you don’t go out to work to throw things on a chair at night before bed and then throw them on the next morning again. This will be a tough challenge!

As to what I’ve been sewing lately, just futzing with a few t-shirts while I prepare to cut into some lovely plaid material for a blouse. I cut up a long-sleeved over-sized t-shirt I made last year, and wasn’t terribly happy with, and made a paper pattern for a sleeveless tank from a couple of different old RTW tanks.

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Sorry for the bad pic — I was taking a few shots for IG. Some of you may remember the fabric. I do like the stripes.

And I like the top so much that I immediately started another one in a small piece of green jersey.

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Um, pardon my toes.

I just made one pattern piece because the difference between front and back is minimal.

So, check out my outfits on IG if you’re interested. I’ll try not to cheat.

Tunics and Leggings Opus iii

So far, I’ve used only two patterns for t-shirts and tunics. The first is well-fitted across the shoulders and bust, and then flares out at the sides. I’ve made short and long and longer versions with varying degrees of flare. The second is a basic t-shirt pattern that skims the body. I’ve made it short and tunic length. Then I wanted something different. Something oversize. Something cuddly and warm. I couldn’t find any patterns, and wasn’t wild about just making a t-shirt a couple of sizes too large.

Then I realized I could make a drop-shoulder version, using the drop shoulder and associated sleeve from a dress that I’ve made a couple of times. So I made a pattern from those items and added a half inch to the width below the arm holes. Then I drew a cocoon shape down the body, and planned to bring the bottom back in using a band.

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The pants are a simple pull-up that I’ve made out of woven fabrics a few times. This is a something plus spandex knit. I used my twin jersey needle for the first time to hem the bottoms. Comfy outfit.

Then I repeated the process for a second, longer tunit. I tried a stand up collar. Does it have a name? It’s too wide for a turtleneck and too narrow for a cowl. I added a kangeroo pocket because the top told me to! And strung a length of cord through the bottom band, which I use to draw the bottom in. The fabric is a textured microfleece, as far as I can make out. I got it at a bar-bell shop closeout. Don’t ask.

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The leggings are from a TNT legging pattern, which I made larger because this fabric is a thicker quilted-look fabric. Cool print, eh?

You’ll have noticed the absence of glasses on my nose. I’m trying out new contacts,which I’ve had to get because I’m singing chorus in a local semi-pro production of the opera “La Boheme”. Fun! Opening night was yesterday, which is why it took me until today to write this post. I’ve been learning and memorizing music like crazy for the last month.