Sunday, 7 June 2015

Putting some basics in the drawer


One thing on each persons list over here is more t-shirts. Over the last few months I collected a pattern or two for each of us and set to work with the knits I already had in my stash.

First up I made all the girls a Bento/Lunchbox Tee. It is short sleeve weather for the moment and having already tested out the Lunchbox Tee on both of them, I knew that all I needed was a bit extra length and the pattern would be perfect.



I used a polkadot interlock for L's version which is nice and snuggly, Boo's is made from single jersey. Both fabrics are from Tissu Fabrics and I am happy with the quality of them. The yellow jersey is especially nice and washes really well.


A long sleeved Bento Tee for me. The fabric was from the lucky bin so I don't know the content. I am guessing viscose jersey as it is nice and light and drapey. A long sleeved white tee is always a good place to start. Big tick for me!


And a short sleeved version too. This was the first go at the Bento pattern and it came up a bit short. Fine for wearing with a tank underneath, but it rises up too high whenever I move my arms. So on the long sleeved top, I added 4" extra length and it was much better.

I didn't bother adding the front pockets. I just wanted a simple line and am not too sure if I would put things into a t-shirt pocket anyway. Certainly nothing too heavy if it is made from a drapey knit. It would end up lopsided!

Back to the Bento Tee again here, but a modified version. Knit dresses are always popular with the girls as they are so easy to wear. 


I didn't make a note about how much length I added when I was making it, which is ever so frustrating. I do know that I added 5" to the upper front and back pieces and about 2" to the lower panel (there was one panel, that I had to trim the excess back off again, sorry for being vague but I should have written it all down and didn't). I will be making it again for her as she really likes it so (for my own sanity!) I will have to write all the alterations down again.


This interlock fabric was a surprise delight to use. I bought it on a whim from here and it turned out to be really nice quality and great value. Please don't go and buy it all, I want to get some more in the future!


The last of the bunch is a School Bus Tee. What a great pattern this is! I didn't alter it at all and the length was fine on my tall girl. I will have to buy more fabric to make up a few more of these, for sleeping and daywear. 







10 comments:

  1. Tee's are always handy.
    It is lovely to see your smiling face.

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  2. Nice work! The picture of you in the striped tee is great and I really love the Lunchbox dress on your daughter. I am terrible about keeping notes on alterations - if I don't blog about them I can never rememeber.

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    1. Thank you Masha! I need more of these things making but am doing the basics bit by bit so I don't get bored.

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  3. I agree with Masha, the photo of you in the stripey t is lovely!
    The only real reason I have a blog is to keep notes of changes and sizes yet I still forget to document them!
    That's all great sewing and I'm very jealous of t-shirt weather.

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    1. Thank you Shelley and apologies about the weather!
      I am coming to terms with the fact that making clothes for myself means stepping in front of the camera. I still feel a bit clumsy and awkward but Boo takes a good photo, so I can trust her!

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  4. Me four on your photo in the stripey t-shirt, it's lovely. I'm now going to have to add the bento box lengthened to a dress/tunic on my to do list!

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    1. Thank you! I find the only thing that stops me making tons of t-shirts is not being able to source the fabric. I am getting to know what and where to buy but if you have any tips (being in the UK) I will happily listen!

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  5. All of these tees look great, but your new tee is my favorite!!! Such a cute and practical top! I too am terrible about noting or remembering my alterations. What can I say, in the heat of the moment, I never stop to take notes! :-)

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    1. Thank you Inder!
      That is what handmade is all about isn't it? Just going with the flow. (and hoping it works out)

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