Anyway, I'm pleased (relieved) to say I am now on top of both and finally was able to dive back into my sewing room yesterday to get some sewing done. It was so cathartic.
I decided to tackle a very easy project 1) because I wanted something easy 2) because since I have started sewing I can't bring myself to buy certain things eg: T-shirts. The cheap ones fall apart after only a few washes and the expensive/better quality ones I just can't bring myself to buy when I can make it for a quarter of the price (never mind that I never do) and 3) because I was mega inspired from this post from Elisalex of By Hand London who made the Grainline Woven Scout T and looked sooooo lovely that I think about 3 minutes after I read her post I had purchased the pattern and 4) I really need more casual clothes. I have too much frosting and not enough cake.
I decided to try it in a stretch knit because that is what I really needed and I also had a skirt I made that I knew I wasn't going to wear due to thinness of fabric, not very flattering and also I had nothing to match for the top. Anyhow, here it is:
I used the binding technique for the arms, neckline and sleeve and hem that I learnt when doing the Tiramisu Sewalong but that I have seen applied many times by many bloggers, in particular this extremely helpful post by Handmade by Carolyn so I knew that was the best way to finish things off without hems stretching out.
The neckline looked a bit boring so I added a bow, which I was a bit unsure about but now I love. The neckline also ended up smaller than the pattern due to the neck binding.
I love how it looks tucked in to my Jenny Skirt.
The fabric is a nice light weight jersey knit of Italian origin that I purchased last year when I went to the Fabric Remnant Warehouse.
It looks ok untucked, I plan to wear it with jeans etc. I tapered the sides of the pattern
I also did my best work yet in stripe matching! The fabric feels lovely to wear and I'm glad I chopped up the maxi skirt. I do need maxi skirts but I think this fabric works much better as a top.
So yayy to getting back into sewing after a drought of a few weeks. This top took a couple of hours due to the fiddling with fit etc but I plan to knock out a few more to replenish my t-shirt drawer, all from stash fabric. It really is a fast project. I also plan to do a lace version like Jen's one from Grainline. Isn't it beautiful! I even have a very similar lace so a bit of imitation/flattery will be happening this way soon.