Sometimes you just need basics. Stuff for lounging around, doing errands, hanging around the house in – but without rips or paint splatters (yes, they do feature in my wardrobe!) This is one example:
A slouchy oversize striped tee – so comfortable and perfect for blobby days. But totally acceptable in case somebody knocks on the door.
Although with that look on my face they might get the hint and leave!
The pattern is one I made at work a few years ago, so I took my fabric into work and cut it out at lunchtime on a lovely big cutting table. So much easier than our tiny kitchen table, or the floor! It is basically a rectangle with a couple of cuffs at the upper corners:
I exaggerate – there is actually some shaping hiding in there, and some side splits too, but you get the picture.
The fabric was a slithering slinky curling mess once cut, and what should have taken 15 minutes to sew took about 150! This is a v-e-r-y stretchy lightweight jersey that I picked up at a designer fabric sale recently (Moa in West Lynn). Nightmare to sew, lovely to wear – so possibly worth the effort!
I bought twin needles – with my new domestic machine I can do things like that, which is very exciting for me! The widest needle caused a tunnel effect because this fabric is so lightweight, so I switched to a 4mm needle which helped.
The neck band and hem were twin needled, but the cuffs did not need hemming because the hem was cut on the fold. Funnily enough this is probably a trick I learnt to do because I lived so long without a twin needle!
Do you make everyday basics, or prefer to sew more interesting things? I think I’m in the more interesting camp as I like continually learning and developing skills. But basics can have their challenges too, like handling this crazy fabric and learning to use a twin needle!
And on the topic of twin needles – do you have any tips for preventing the tunnel effect? On my industrial machine I would loosen the bobbin tension, but I’m not sure how to do that on my little Pfaff which has a drop in bobbin. Handy hints most welcome!