For goodness sake, that was a long absence. Some rather involved house projects robbed me of my sewing room for a while. But, ‘s’okay. Now the sewing room is much brighter and prettier. More conducive to creativity. Which brings me to this charming pink tee.
This fabric is a really lightweight 100% cotton that is perfect for a tee. I had been drooling over a dolman sleeve Boden tee that was made with a similar fabric, so I decided to try … free-handing it, I guess. It’s definitely not an exact replica, but cute in its own right, for sure. I love this style of tee, because it is so ridiculously simple to make (tres pieces. max. two, if you just want to fold the neckline down for your collar, which I have done). And the simplicity of its design makes it classy. I believe it was DaVinci who said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That guy.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch.. I started by laying out a well-fitting shirt of my own and then just guessing about what shape a dolman sleeve would be with similar dimensions. Here are some pictures of the process:
I didn’t hem it, because I wasn’t sure what length I wanted till I tried it on, but then I loved the rolled hem look so much that I left it. I tried a new way of attaching the collar (remember I mentioned I’d tripped over a new method?? -this is it). First, I sewed the two sides, and only one of the shoulders. Then, with my ironed collar, I stretched it gently/generously along the neckline, and serged it right to it (using a regular sewing machine would work just fine, too), and while sewing, pulled the two pieces together till the stretched collar piece laid flat with the neckline.
After that I sewed the other shoulder together. Oh, I am liberated from the tedious business of pinning a collar to a neckline! I hates that. I get the rest of a tee done in a matter of a couple hours, but the mental business of that collar stops me in my tracks for a few days. Every time. Bah. But not any more. *evil laugh*
Anyway, on to the finished product!
So, there you go! After having written all this, I realize that I am not quite sure if this style of tee is in fact a dolman sleeve tee or a drop shoulder tee… Hm. Whatever.
So, there is a quick way to make a delightful (and easy) tee for yo’self. Happy Summer!