OMG you guys! I made a practical and wearable item of clothing! And it actually turned out! I was very proud of myself when I went fabric shopping, because I stayed away from all of the crazy prints and colours I would normally go for, and just went for a plain, off-white cotton jersey. I love crazy colors and patterns, but it means that I have real difficulty mixing and matching pieces from my wardrobe. This Plantain tee (which is a free pattern – sweet!) filled a hole in my wardrobe and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.
And hey look – it’s the first picture of me on the blog! Hello! Excuse the pretty terrible quality…I took these with my mac because I couldn’t find my camera.
I made the size 42, and whilst it fit me pretty well in the top half, the cut of the pattern flares way out at the bottom which is really unflattering for my figure. I did a pretty dodgy “that look’s about right” and took in the side seams, so it’s a bit slimmer to the hips. I probably won’t ever wear it without tucking it in to something high waisted, but considering most of the bottoms I wear are high waisted that works for me.
I reeeeaaalllly wanted to make the long sleeved version (it has elbow patches. I’m sold.), but I decided that was pretty impractical considering we’re suffering a heat wave where I live – South Australia. The awesome elbow patches will have to wait until the weather cools down a bit. Overall, I’m really pleased with how this turned out and I was surprised at how long it took me to finish, just over an hour or so. I think I’ll probably bang out a few more, but I might try a different pattern just to mix it up. Maybe the Renfrew since that seems to be pretty popular around the blogosphere. I’m feeling confident after this success. Hooray!