has it already been two weeks since i showed my face here? we are busy as ever, but i was struck down yesterday with a nasty stomach bug going around…so now that i’m temporarily bedridden, i can do some blogging! a couple of weeks ago i got very motivated to start crafting a new 2014 wardrobe. i have quite a lot of fabric to sew through, a plethora of patterns i want to try out, and frankly, sewing for myself is much more rewarding than sewing for the kids, who aren’t interested in what i make for them anyway. similarly, i think there’s a good market for handmade women’s clothing, and people are perhaps less conscientious about what they buy for babies, i don’t know. the point being, eventually i’d like to expand mohr studio into women’s clothing. i have a long way to go in terms of pattern development and sewing skill, but the upshot of this of course is that i can experiment heavily on myself!
this particular pattern is not available for resale, but is one i’ve been wanting to try out for months. it is the grainline scout tee, a tee made from a woven fabric! what a great idea for a pattern. so often i want to use a cool woven fabric for a garment for myself, but because it has no stretch, the patterns require more tailoring and shaping, and end up too complicated or too fancy for everyday wear. you may remember a few other grainline garments i made over the summer, which became wardrobe staples. i was excited to add a few more to the collection.
this pattern is everything i hoped it would be–easy, straight forward, cute, and versatile. i made it first in a woven, as intended. i used some awesome nani iro double gauze generously gifted to me by my fabric fairy godmother, teri. while i disagree with people who swear the nani iro double gauze is the “softest fabric ever,” it’s light, airy, breathable, has the most gorgeous, unique, interesting patterns and i plan to go semi-broke investing in the new 2014 line. also, i feel like this shirt makes me look a lot cooler than i am, so there’s that.
the shirt has a lot of ease so it can slide on and off with no closures or stretch. the only thing i changed was to shape the side seams a bit to make them more flattering. this fabric doesn’t have much drape, so the tee was a bit boxy without some curving at the natural waist. other than that, i followed it as written and it sewed up in no time. there’s even a long sleeved tutorial if you’re still suffering through the polar vortex! this shirt wold look amazing in a drapey rayon.
as much as i do love how this shirt came out, in my day to day life, i’m just a jersey kinda gal. i made a personal commitment to start making myself more knit tees because that is what i wear most often, and what i’m still tempted to buy at the store. however, store bought tees are generally poor quality and fall apart within a year the way i wear them, so i might as well be my own sweatshop and just make them myself.
fortunately, this pattern translates great to knits! again, there’s a tutorial, but it’s quite straightforward. i used a black and white thin stripe drapey knit fabric i got over the summer from girl charlee. it came out loose, flowy, and flattering. perfect! the only thing i will change when i make a knit version in the future is to lengthen the hem a bit–it’s not short, but i’m just partial to longer tees. i like complete freedom of movement without any anxiety that a leap, hop, or jumping jack is going to reveal my wobbly bits.
anyway, the knit version got a huge response on instagram, and not surprisingly, because it’s knit, i wear it all the time, often days in a row. i bought some new deodorant, so now i can get away with that.
i have a couple more finished garments that need to be photographed before i can blog them, and we’re going to san diego this week, so i’m hoping to catch up on photography in some new locales! i also need to design an iPad case today, so if it goes well, i’ll see if i can’t rustle up a little tutorial for you guys. see you then! ps, how cute are my photo bombers?!