What are your favourite lies to yourself? Mine are ‘I’m just looking’ when entering a bookshop followed closely by ‘Just browsing’ when I can’t resist looking at my favourite online fabric shop. Oh yes, and then there is – ‘Look how cute it is, and it is in the sale!’ Which is why I ended up with some fantastically cute purple racoon fabric.
Yes, I may be heading towards that time of life when the magic number 50 is around the corner but age is just a number, isn’t it? And if you add my numbers up you get 9, which seems just right for this fantastic fabric.
To let the pattern shine, I decided to go for a simple longarm t-shirt pattern. A few years ago I discovered the Pattydoo pattern online shop. They have a plethora of cool and trendy patterns for women, men and children nowadays, but back then their range was a little more limited. Out of all the patterns, I liked the hoody ‘Riley’ and the long-arm t-shirt ‘Liv’ best. I’ve made a few Rileys over the years, but only one Liv. Time to revisit the pattern.Liv is one of the patterns that is available in German and in English. And, as is usual with this designer, you can view a video tutorial (in German and with English-language voice over) and follow the step-by-step guide. This is very useful if you’re just starting out or want to learn new things. The shirt actually comes in several varieties: with cuff at the waist or not, with round neckline, v-neck neckline and with gathered neckline. You decide which version you want, and the pattern is delivered to you by email.
Sewing the ‘Liv’-t-shirt is fairly straightforward. You simply sew the shoulder seams together and add neckline strip. By means of the notches that you’ll have transferred from the pattern to the fabric when you were cutting out, this process is pretty painless.
Then you insert the sleeves. At first this process looks complicated as the armholes are shaped inversely to the sleeve, but, with the help of those little notches and because jersey fabric is stretchy, this can be done quite easily.
And then you simply sew the sides together, starting at the bottom of the sleeve and finishing up at the waist.
Then come the cuffs. Cut out square pieces of cuffing fabric or of the same fabric that you made the main body of the shirt from, sew them together into a circle (take care to sew them the right way around – along the grain, not against it, otherwise the cuffs won’t be stretchy). Then attach to the sleeve. In order so that the sleeves actually fit my (apparently overlong) arms, I tend to add a couple of centimetres to the pattern, and I may also (as in this case) lengthen the cuffs slightly.
All done! Hey, no, wait… we need to attach a cuff to the hem of the shirt. Only in this case I didn’t. I put the shirt on, checked myself out in the mirror and thought – heck, that’ll do! So, instead of adding a cuff, I simply finished the piece off by folding over the fabric (2cm seam allowance) and, using a triple zigzag stitch, created a simple hem. The shirt flares out a bit more than it would otherwise have done (because there should really be a cuff), but I really like the look of it.
I can’t get enough of those little racoony faces. Luckily I have some fabric left over & am now mulling over what to do with that… A beanie? An infinity scarf? Incorporate it in another t-shirt? Hmmm….