Just thought it appropriate to post something purple. After all, as I write this (very quickly I might add) the Vikings are playing to determine if they will indeed be in the Superbowl.
This tee-shirt was sewn using a new release from McCall's. It's McCall's 6036, one of their "Make it Crafty" patterns. It's a basic scoop neck tee or tank with fabric embellishments, such as ruffles, flowers or lace appliques.
Of course I didn't need a t-shirt pattern, and yes, I could have figured out the embellishments on my own, but yet I purchased it when it was under a dollar.
It's a basic tee, nothing special about the construction process. There were a few things I did that were not included in the instructions.
I stablized the shoulder seams with clear elastic.
Rather than sew a 5/8" narrow hem at the neckline, per the instructions, I serged clear elastic onto the wrong side of the neck edge...
...turned the edge under and stitched in place. I wasn't concerned that it didn't look perfect since I planned to add the neck ruffle, which will cover that puckered area.
The ruffle is simply a narrow piece of fabric, cut twice the measurement of the neck edge, gathered in the center and stitched in place.
Here's what the neckline looks like from the inside.
I don't own a cover stitch machine so I stitched the hem using my usual technique of ironing lite steam-a-seam to the inside of the hem...
... and pressing the hem in place. The steam-a-seam not only holds the hem in place, but it provides a bit of stability, helping prevent a stretched out hem.
With no double needle in site, I sewed two separate rows of stitches. The top shows the right side, the bottom shows the inside.
Since I usually sew with a size 12 I couldn't decide if I should cut a small (8-10) or a medium (12-14) for this top. The description read "close fitting" so I ended up cutting a small at the neck and shoulder and a medium.
I wouldn't consider this close fitting so next time I'll cut with a small. The one item of clothing I do like tight is tees. This has way too much ease for me.
In the meantime, worn tucked in the tee will work nicely for the office paired with slacks and a jacket.
Now back to the game.