Sewing: A tale of Three shirts

I’m trying to be organized in my garment sewing life now. I’m working hard on using up fabric that I’ve got in house and also sewing things that are repeats or things that I actually think I’ll wear. I’ve had so many sewing fails in the past that I’m quickly realizing the things that will 1) be flattering on myself and 2) I can actually make and 3) I will actually make without screaming. I recently cut out three shirts all at the same time and spent the last couple of days stitching them up. Each of these three tops are repeats and each of them fit fabulously and feel amazing on. Bring on the warmer weather!

Esme Top by Lotta Jansdotter from her book Everyday Sewing

This is the only thing I’ve made from this book, but I loved the first shirt so much that when I bought this cotton I knew quickly that it was the top I wanted to make again. My original shirt was with 3/4 length sleeves, but this time around I didn’t have enough fabric so I opted for View A which has cap sleeves. It is a pretty straightforward pattern to sew and has a very beautiful finish on the inside, but I struggled a lot with the cap sleeves hem.

The directions say to fold in 1/8 and then 1/8 again and then when you stitch up the sides you go all the way around. I don’t know if I was reading it wrong or what, but after trying a couple times I realized that this wasn’t going to work. I had enough fabric left to cut some one inch strips and I made some bias facing. Honestly, this is the way to go. It’s much simpler and gives a much more finished look on the inside. I sewed up the sides after putting the facings on. This top is fabulous and I’m so ready for the weather to get warmer so I can wear it!

The fabric is Charley Harper for Birch Organics called Summer, Moth Flight. I was buying some other fabric via Fabricworm for a quilt back and snatched up a yard or so of this because Luna Moths are my total jive. I’ve heard it’s sold out from the manufacturer…so good for me for splurging!

Strata Top by Sew Liberated

This is my second Strata top and just like with the first one, I’m shocked by how simple and quick it is. I fudged up on this one and while trying to serge a seam I never should have, my serger nicked a little in the underarm sleeves. You can’t tell when wearing and I fixed it as much as I could, but it was such a tiny mistake I just kept going. This is a super fun shirt, but both times I’ve made it I wished I had enough fabric to make it a little longer. It rises a little too much in the front for me to make me totally comfortable wearing it without anything under it. Next time I’m 100% going to try to lengthen it just a couple inches. Sew Liberated just released an updated version of this with better instructions and more sizes. I highly recommend it.

The fabric is a print by Alison Glass that I bought locally. Again a yard or so that I just “had to have” when I was at the local quilt shop buying some quilt stuff. Gets me every time.

Plantain Tee by Deer and Doe

This is my third Plantain and probably the best one I’ve sewn yet. Some of it has to do with the knit I’ve used in the past – good knit makes a HUGE difference for sure. The first one is a little too short, but it’s fine. The second one the knit was awful and shrunk bunches so I passed it one, this one feels divine. This is a fabulous tee shirt pattern and every time I sew it I really wonder why in the world I buy cheap tee shirts when I can totally stitch them up in an hour.

The fabric is Jenny Ronen for Birch Organic Fabrics, Forest Daisies and you will laugh but it was a couple yards I threw in the basket when I made an order from Fabricworm. I have issues.