Last month I blogged about my current “To Sew” list. I’m happy to now say I actually have gotten a lot of them done recently. After not going near my sewing machine in months August / September have been very big sewing months for me. I don’t envisage a lot of sewing time in October so I think I was trying to get as much done whilst I could. When you have to the “Sewjo” why fight it.
One of the first items I made from the list was my Concord by Cashmerette. Now I will be honest I had my hopes set that this would be my dream top to replace all my “dress” t-shirts. I call them my “dress” t-shirts cause for me I would wear them to work or out when I was meeting friends where I was wanting to look a little bit nicer and not throw them on to head to the local supermarket, you could wear them grocery shopping as they are a nice top but I’m likely to wear my favourite music shirt and comb my hair just enough so it isn’t too crazy looking. I digress, once I finished this top I wasn’t happy with the fit to be perfectly honest but I still have a wearable t-shirt that I can wear under jumpers in winter so it isn’t the end of the world. I took my measurements and made a standard size 18 opting for the high neck in short length version of the pattern. I knew the Concord was a fitted t-shirt I just didn’t realise by how much, this is very snug. Again ok for winter but for summer it just a bit too clingy.
I discovered I have rounded shoulders. At the Cashmerette retreats rounded shoulders is a common issue. Apparently it is common according to my personal trainer for females to have rounded shoulders, particularly those who do a lot of computer work ie Me! He didn’t directly say big boobs = rounded shoulders but I knew what he meant. I’m trying to work on my posture to correct this but in the mean time I am going to have to learn to adjust the patterns I make to compensate this. I have made 2 other tops aside from this one recently and they have the issue of gaping at the back of the neck. I know there is an adjustment you can make and I think it is covered in the online sewing classes I got as part of the Cashmerette retreat so I will have to watch it and do that adjustment next time. 90% of the time I wear a jacket or buttoned shirt open over the top my t-shirts, it is only really if I am walking home in the sun in summer that I don’t have my shoulders covered so you are not going to really see it on the items I have made. I’m now seeing on my ready to wear tops and t-shirts the same thing is happening.
The neckline of this pattern is wider than I like I discovered when I finished it, I don’t know if I have narrow shoulders I think I may. As you can see in the top photo this neckline is showing my bra straps. Again I know there is an adjustment you can make to patterns to bring the neckline in so that is another thing I need to research. All these adjustments sound scary but I am sure once I learn them I will be doing them all the time as required. I have played around with the depth of necklines before but never the shoulder width.
I like the length of the sleeves but they are too snug for me on this top, the arm band in particular. I will be making this top again but next time I will increase the length of the sleeve so I can hem it without the armband. In recent months at the gym I’ve increased the weights I can lift as my upper body strength has improved but I think that also means my arms have gotten a bit bigger as a result. I might have to look into the bicep adjustment for patterns.
Ok so referring back to my tick list of things to consider when making patterns
- Comfort ?
- Classic √
- Creative / Quirky Χ
- Natural Fibres √
This is certainly ticking the classic and natural fibre points. I used a bamboo / cotton fabric that was in my stash which is very soft. I think it ticks the comfort point for winter but not summer. To me I wouldn’t call this creative or quirky in this print but that’s ok it is a wardrobe staple colour.
After doing to some research I will be making this pattern again. To recap the things I will be doing differently next time
- Go up at least 1 size if not 2
- Alter the neckline so it isn’t so wide
- Make the rounded back adjustment
- Omit arm band and make sleeves longer.
This top was a good learning experience. It allowed me to see the shape of my body and what I need to do to make clothing fit me. I’m not body conscious I know I have curves, I know I have boobs. Yes I would like to tone up a bit but that isn’t why I go to the gym. Gym for me is about increasing my mobility so that I can manage my disability easier in daily life.
Of course me being me I wore this top out to dinner the day I made it and split gravy right down the front. I soaked it as soon as I got home but this top has a permanent stain now, lucky I am going to wear jumpers over it 🙂