Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gray Plantain T-Shirt: PASS

Not biking to work has made me cranky. This snow is lovely, but it has doubled my commute time and limited my work clothes options. The dearth of pants and long sleeve shirts in my wardrobe is not helping matters. But enough ranting. Let's talk about how awesome the Plantain t-shirt pattern is and how generous Deer and Doe is for offering it up for free.

I love this pattern. It's got a low neckline, lower than I usually wear, but the snug fit in the shoulders keeps the shirt in place when I move around. The subtle flared shape is flattering without adding too much swing to the hem. The bust is sized for a C cup, which means I can get away without a FBA (that's full bust adjustment) in this stretchy material.

And of course, there's the elbow patches!
My husband swears there are no drag lines when I'm not twisting around to show off elbow patches.
The patches are cut from pant legs in my denim scrap pile. I like the look of black on gray, but think I should have gone with a knit fabric. The denim is a lot heavier than the rest of the shirt and the frayed edges don't really match the smooth finish of the neckline and hem. Oh, well. Nothing I can't fix in version two.

Have you tried the Plantain pattern yet? And if not, why the heck not!?!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Send in the Clowns Jammie Pants: PASS

This summer my jammie pants wore out beyond all hope of repair. After months of procrastination, I'm finally back to lounging in comfort!

When I pulled out Simplicity 2823I shook my head. Former me had forgotten to record my pattern alterations. (You'd think unisex jammie pants wouldn't need any, but the amount of space between the crotch line and waist is immense). Instead of figuring it out again, I cut open my old pants and traced around them for the pattern. The original pattern has two pieces, a front and a back. Since the front and back pieces were already sewn together, I cut open only the inside seams. I now had just one pattern piece to trace instead of two. SCORE!

My original pants were too short, so my ankles were always cold. I goofed up the length again on this pair (I blame an off-grain print, but maybe it's my measuring skills), but was determined to fix it. Cue the GIANT CLOWN RUFFLES. 

These bad boys are seven-inch tall strips, folded in half and gathered. The double layer really keeps out the drafts. Plus I'm all set if I want to run off to join the circus.