Sunday, March 2, 2014

Reverse Applique Plantain: PASS

I'm usually too distracted by new projects to sew a pattern twice in a row. So it's with much self congratulations that I present version two of the Deer & Doe Plantain t-shirt. When I saw The Crafty Kitty's brilliant Mockingjay reverse applique Plantain, I had to make my own. I spent a week pondering a "put a bird on it" version, but scrapped that in favor of this star stencil from Alabama Chanin.

The outer fabric is a very lightweight knit of dubious quality (the dye stained my hands even after prewashing). The under fabric is from a sturdy logo t-shirt I've been storing for years with the express purpose of remaking it into something else. The two layers work beautifully together. This t-shirt is comfortable without being clingy and, more importantly, warm enough to wear without a sweater in this never. ending. winter.

I did a clean finish on the neckline and sleeves and left the bottom edges raw. My husband the artist says he likes this because the concentration of reverse applique near the unfinished hem makes it look like I deconstructed the shirt as I worked from top to bottom. To which I replied, "Yeah....that was an entirely intentional choice that carried out my artistic vision."

In my excitement to try a new surface decoration technique, I lost some of my basic sewing sense and forgot to stay stitch the neckline to prevent it from stretching out of shape. When I inserted the neckband, the neckline was abysmally droopy. I also forgot to try on the shirt before serging the neckband in place. Dumb. I spent an hour picking out the stitches, then shortened the band and tried again. It worked okay, though the neckline stretched out enough that this is a camisole-only shirt.

There are also some fit issues happening on the back of the shirt. Which is clear to me in this photo, but apparently not to my coworkers who all raved about the fit. So maybe it doesn't look bad when I'm moving around?

Despite these goofs, I think I'll be wearing this t-shirt regularly until spring. Don't look for another version anytime soon, though. I'm already cutting out pieces for a different project.

What about you, do you sew patterns twice in a row? And do you make similar versions, or alter the look each time?

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