Dolman Tee Shirt

It’s my birthday week this week! Officially entered into mid-30 *gasp*! And what better way to celebrate, than to do what I love to do – create! Although I haven’t made anything this week – sickness has embraced our house and is not wanting to let go – I do plan to make/finish a couple more garments by the end of the summer for myself. Which is a lot, because I haven’t really made many things for myself over the years.

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A couple months ago, on my Instagram account, I lamented that I had not made many garments for myself; instead spending my time filling my daughter’s closet. I set a goal to make at least 3 garments that I could not only wear, but love as well.

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REFLECT ➿ #memademay left me a bit sad – seeing all the wonderful outfits left me wanting my own – like right now 🙃 and started to beating myself up for not putting the effort to make more for myself.⠀

But as I was hanging my daughter’s clothes, I realized where my time was being spent 😝 She has more #mommymade than RTW (10 to 7) and I love that. ⠀

Gift giving being one of my love languages – it’s natural for me to put my selfish sewing aside to make something for someone else. While I am very happy with that, I do have to remember that I need to give time for myself. Something most mothers struggle with. ⠀

All that to say, I want to take time this summer and make at least three garments that I can wear and love.

Not only, did I meet my goal, I surpassed it! FOUR different clothing items were added to my closet this summer. 💃 My sewing mojo is BACK people!! See my other makes -> Peplum top and Romper/dress

This is us in a sunflower field with our handmade wardrobe – post about Lillian’s birthday dress coming soon.

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I started this summer, wanted to make something simple. I knew, being petite and having made a few adjustments in the past, that I was going to have to alter whatever pattern I picked, so I didn’t want to make things too complicated. COMPLICATED = LOW MOTIVATION to finish.

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A simple flowy tee shirt was my garment of choice. The contenders:  Love Notion‘s Laundry Day Tee and Ellie and Mac‘s Every Day Tee. The Everyday Tee won out, simply because it had 3 pattern pieces.

The Every Day Tee comes in slim and loose fit versions – I picked the slim fit size L graded to XL. After holding the pieces up on me, decided that I needed 6 inches off the front and 3 off the back. The intended design is a longer shirt, but it was too much for me. During fitting, I removed another inch from both front and back shoulders.

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The first one I made, I didn’t do a swayback. since it had a back center seam and I knew I could adjust it as I went along. What I did do, was transfer my changes to my traced out pattern pieces so I didn’t have to do that again, something I picked up in jeans making class.

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Another change was to alter the curve on the hem. It was much too steep for my liking. Love my french curve for these types of changes!

Fabrics: I used a jersey Ikat print for the first one, I love the colors on this one! I have had this print for a couple years now, believe I got it from Craftsy during a sale. The silvery one, is a french terry that has a metallic sheen on the loopy side so I chose to keep that as the right side.

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Funny story about the french terry shirt – it was part of a bundle box, from Sly Fox Fabrics, which had a huuuuge hole in the middle of it. I carefully cut around the hole, only to later discover I cut far too in to the selvedge – where there is no metallic sheen. This happened to be the front sleeve on my right side. What was I going to do now? I could cut it sleeveless but I really wanted sleeves. Then and idea came to me! CUFFS! I could add cuffs and no one would know. Thus, the cuffs. Although now, I really like the cuffs so I might add them to future ones I make. Funny how things work out, right?

What kind of sewing accidents have you made? and how did you fix them?

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