Getting ready for a big overseas trip can be exhausting. Firstly there’s the self imposed deadline to sew ALL THE THINGS. As departure day creeps ever nearer anxiety levels rise, what if I don’t get it all done. Then I don’t get it all done, the plane takes off and my world didn’t fall in a heap, sound familiar?
This time I happened to get a bee in my bonnet about T shirts. I had some excellent merino knit jersey, Spotlight cutesy print and some nice plain knits to magik into wearable items.
The raglan shape seems to suit me. Princess reckons it makes shoulders look wider, but I argue it cuts the shoulder line – I’d be interested in your opinion? Wider or narrower?
Raglans tend to fit me better across the upper chest and arms I think. I didn’t draft this rendition from scratch though; I started with the same chart used to make the raglan doiley top. Knowing there’d be a bit of tweaking, I started with a knit fabric I wasn’t in love with. It took about 3 renditions before I was happy with the fit. Completely scientific I tell ya! Pin the baggy bit out, sew the pinned bit out, rinse and repeat till the fit is suitable. Of course its important to ‘track changes’ on your pattern as you do this. Otherwise you’ll get to the end of the process and have to start again!
Amy Herzog is a knitting guru. She whispers hand knitted garments into fit submission, so I listened when she said “raglans allow for greater movement than set in sleeves”. Maybe thats why I like them – its the Olivia Newton John in me – getting all physical!
The white 100% cotton jersey is delicious and after being tormented in the washing machine and dryer – became even better. I recall this was hugely expensive for what it was, about $25/m I think – for white cotton jersey for goodness sake! But my long sleeved tee is lovely to wear, though I get the feeling I’d like a bit more distraction over the chesticles, perhaps a jumper? Its pretty good as a layering piece. The other thing to know about raglans is that some wrinkling is a given – yay! The inner perfectionist can step down!
In this version I was utterly unhappy about the centre front button bands, so I attempted a distressed yellow zig zag to hold the base in place. I really must try a collared version. Spotlight’s selection of jerseys floored me recently, cute but not cutesy whales and assorted nautical references. Good colours for summer and I can envisage a lovely mustard skirt with this whale of a tee.
Now for the disclosure part. I can just hear you asking yourself “so what did she pack in her suitcase?” Ummm, a marle grey Gap Tee, a dark grey Bassike Tee and my white long sleeved self made Tee. I’m incorrigibly embarrassed about wearing anything remotely ‘homemade’ looking. Especially in asia where I often feel judged! It seems to be the deisgner capital of the east and yet when I see people wearing brand names splashed across their bodies, it never even occurs to me that they might be genuine – because they’re not!
This lady kindly modelled her shoes for me when I asked. Recognise the print? Its a Liberty knock off and in fact I used this Liberty fabric for the Freddie vest. I can imagine the knock offs must frustrate the heck out of designers and certainly they don’t see the returns on their copyrights. Thanks to the lovely girl and her feet though, I doubt she bought them as Liberty knock offs.