Ottobre 05-2007-08 Jersey shirt blouse
(you can back order any Ottobre magazine by going to their website and selecting the "single issue" button.)
This is the Ottobre tee "shirt" pattern. It's made of cotton lycra, in hyacinth blue.
This shirt fought me every step of the way. I unpicked nearly every seam (no exaggeration). Maybe I just had too many "shoulds" - I should sew something for summer, I should use a pattern I've tried before, I should sew it in comfy wash and wear fabric, I should sew something in a good colour for me, and I should make it a bit funky.
The thing about "shoulds" is that they just grind all the fun out of things. Jung had a theory about inanimate objects taking on the vibe of their owners. Perhaps the sewing machine and fabric were conspiring to let me know just how much they didn't feel like making this. (Actually, the fabric told me later that it would have prefered matching thread and clear buttons, so perhaps that was the source of its grudge).
At any rate, it's done! And I like it! Phew.
I used white thread and white retro buttons. I sewed a "gimp" buttonhole, this is the first time I've used this function on my machine. The buttonholer zig-zags over a piece of thick thread to strengthen the buttonhole on knits and stop them distorting. And look how well it holds its shape!
I converted the long sleeve into a standard tee short sleeve by splicing it and then gathering it onto elastic.
I learned an important lesson from this project. Without inspiration, there is no motivation. I need to find a way to sew those day to day basics in a way that is more creative.
Because like diets, discipline alone does not work.