Totally weird print…

You know the fabric which is just lovely in every possible way, except the print is so weirdly placed that it’s really difficult to work with? Like this…

IMG_1033…charcoal-grey rayon knit, with the loveliest and most awkwardly spaced pattern. It cost me a pretty penny (even though I bought it on sale), but who could resist this majestic, technicolor lotus blossom? So beautiful and large, positioned so close to the salvage edge, so annoying to work with, due to the scale and placement of the flowers… A year ago I used some of this fabric to make a tunic for work (picture below), and I practically lived in it. You can see how faded the colours are…

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See? The lotus is really huge, and for this top I had to place it off-centre (the side seam is practically one of the salvages), and leave the sleeves plain.  I was left with about 3/4 of a yard (i.e. two lotuses) of this knit, which kept whispering my name every time I entered the sewing  dungeon. So often I held the precious yardage in my arms, loving the feel and look of it, and always having to put it back, not knowing what to do with it. Until one day, Vogue 8925 appeared on my radar, from which I previously made a grey “shlomping around the house” tee (not blogged, because what for?), aka View B. I really wanted to play with colour blocking, and decided that the lotuses will be perfect for the sleeves, and I managed to cut out the side panels out of the precious little that I had left of the plain stuff, and…

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Ta-daaaaaaaaaaaaa! As per alternations, I took off over an inch from both the centre front and CB, to fit my shoulders better (which resulted in me having to cut the neckline a bit bigger), and I added the band on the bottom and on the sleeve cuffs, which tied the whole thing together nicely.

Can I just tell you how much I love this top? I love the colours, I love the blocking effect, and I love how nicely my arms blend with the surroundings. And no, I did NOT plan to have the top match my hair colour EXACTLY… Yet, I remain victorious!

Basically, basics…

Now that it’s been year and a half since I’ve said “adieu” to ready-to-wear clothing, the ones that I have left over from when back when are reeeeeeeeaaaaaaally wearing out… So you can imagine my squee when Steph from Sewing Cake announced on Facebook that she’s looking for peeps to test the print-at-home version of the new tee pattern. Few hours later I had it all printed, taped, traced, and all.

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Religiously followed all the directions. The only variation is the pocket placement. My machine decided to chew up the fabric as I was attaching the pockets. Sure enough, as this flimsy, tissue knit was a perfect candidate for chewing… I had to pry the machine’s jaws open, remove the needle plate, the fabric got so tangled up inside that I was left with a small hole. So I placed the pocket strategically to cover it up. Other than that, I got those vertical pull lines from the neckline at the shoulder seam, as you can clearly see in the picture… So, I cut

Version #2

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with more room around the neck, but the lines still persisted a little bit. Then I thought that it was probably the neckband being too long, resulting in not enough stretch, but as I shortened the band and attached it more snugly, I ended up with horizontal lines going outwards from the tip of the V. Ugh!

Version #3

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At this point, I was totally free-stylin’. I eyeballed the neckline, cut whatever neckband seemed appropriate, and had fun with it. And why did I do 3 versions? Because I love this pattern! I want to make it in every colour, and I have my stash appropriately earmarked. The cut-on sleeve is totally fuss free, and it takes very little time to put together. But the most important thing about this tee is that in every other tee I feel like a chick in a t-shirt. But in any of these three, I feel like a lady. I don’t know why, but hey, why not?

And now I have to go and cut off that stupid drawstring that is protruding from my stomach in every picture. I did not make THOSE pants!

PS.  The free version of the pattern available here: http://sewingcake.com/2224-tee . The download link is in the sidebar on the right.

Also, Craftsy has it available for the free download. Thank you Steph of Cake Patterns for sharing this lovely pattern so generously!!!