Monday, December 3, 2012

old school colors

in which our plucky heroine ponders the equation that a whole lot of time spent in med-fu waiting rooms = handwork keeps me sane...

The start of the second winter 6PAC TNT longsleeve T-shirt; indigo over black, stitched with brown; leftside center back done, rightside center back in process (white chalk marks where the upper layer will be cut away; when the shirt is constructed, the visible gap will actually become the center back seam).

The original inspiration is this shirt, made from an incredible two-layer fabric with unique textural patterning. I am using a different style and scale of pattern than the interpretation seen here, and think that the body of the shirt will work quite well with the vertical stitching and cut-away bits. Am wondering about some alternative, less linear, design for the sleeves though...

1 comment:

  1. I love the work you're doing on this shirt! You are not one to sit and twiddle your thumbs when there is an interesting technique to try; I envy you your focus and get-to-it-iveness.

    On Stitchers Guild you requested ways to keep hems in knits from rolling. In "Easy Guide to Sewing Tops & T-Shirts", Marcy Tilton illustrated and gave directions for a hem she called the "Jean Muir" hem. I've used it and like it lots. You press up a 2" hem to the wrong side (no interfacing). Using a short stitch length (I like to use the narrowest zig-zag too) stitch 4 rows:
    1. one at the folded edge, close to the edge
    2. a second 1/4" from the first
    3. a third just catching the top of the hem (no edge finish is needed), and
    4. the last row 1/4 inch below the third.

    Marcy said, "...the weight of the stitching makes the hem hang beautifully." It also looks lovely, in my opinion.

    Good luck on your numerous projects!