If you want to sew a t-shirt, there are lots of patterns out there, quite a few of them are even free. One of the routes you probably shouldn't take, is to make a pattern-magic-y burda pattern and retroactively de-pattern-magic it. But if you do feel like doing that, and you really shouldn't, I can tell you that it actually worked out fantastically well for me!
|That's not skin, it's my belt, but still, muy bajo.|
So here's what happened:
The back is easiest, lets start there. Luckily there are CB and CF marks on the pattern. I folded the back piece along the CB:
And then traced the neckline, and made the side seam half way between the two different side seams the pattern has at the moment
The front is a bit more tricky, but apparently less tricky than using my already traced and made up Sew U Raglan t-shirt.
To get the neck and arms, I folded along the CF:
I only bothered tracing to where the side seams cross each other. Also that extra bit of neckline sticking up is just the seam allowance so I ignored it.
Then I folded the pattern piece on the fold line you would use to sew up the shirt, this was just to get an idea of where the hem was, so I traced the rest of the side seam and the (wonky) hem.
Then using the other piece of the pattern (that had been folded up), I matched it to the other sleeve line, and traced the side seam.
After all that, you'd think I'd have a more precise way of splitting the difference between the two lines. Well I tried, but they finish at such different heights, it's more of an art than a science. I used a french curve to get somewhat of the same curve that's on the wider side seam, but a little closer to the body.
Comparing the resulting pattern to a RTW t-shirt I have (that's not particularly long) I added 3" to the length.
The sleeves didn't need any change at all.
Thanks Aleah for giving me such a fun sewing puzzle, I flipping love raglan t-shirts, you just can't have too many patterns to play around with!
I did make an interim test t-shirt, but I thought it'd be more fun to show off this spotty one because I was able to use up the left over scraps in a new pair of Fehr Trade duathalons.
Even though I liked my running armband fine, I got totally spoiled by the side pockets on the first duathlons I made, and I never wanted to wear anything else. I always seemed to lose my armband, and side pockets make it so much easier to pull out the phone and put it back in than my make-shift armband. Plus - no tan lines!
This polkadot fabric is a super slinky possibly cotton/rayon blend. I did a bunch of burn tests on a haul of fabric bought in the Michael Levine Loft and the FIDM store, and surprisingly this was a natural fabric. I say surprisingly because it has a lot of spring to it. It's possibly too light for the capri's but I didn't care. It also clings a little more than I'd like to my back, but not so much that I won't wear it. For work it might need something underneath though.
I originally bought 1 or 1.5 yards of cotton lycra for the first duathalons, and this one was made from the left overs. It's about 3" shorter than the capri length because of fabric shortage, but I like the length!
That's it for now. I haven't been sewing all that much lately. Since visiting Spain in June I've gotten totally obsessed with learning spanish. I don't think it's taken over completely from sewing, but I'm sewing from a Patrones magazine to try to combine the two obsessions in one. Do you guys find your sewing obsession waxes and wanes? See you later!