Happy last day of Fail February! We are lucky that this year is a leap year, so we have one more day to share our sewing “fails” with the world. Woo-hoo!
Today I’m sharing a Deer and Doe Plantain Tee that is pretty much a fabric de-stash project. I had a big piece of some Girl Charlee fair-isle scrap fabric leftover from some fail-worthy leggings (mentioned in my donation post here). I admit, the T-shirt came out better than the leggings, but there were a few speed bumps along the way while making it.
I fit every last bit of my scrap fabric into this pattern, so I’m at least happy I was able to make something out of it instead of tossing the fabric in the trash or donating it. The problem with not having a lot of fabric to work with, though, was I couldn’t do my normal 1 to 2 inch torso lengthening I need with this pattern. The length un-hemmed is OK as is, but I don’t like raw edges on my me-made items. Plus, this fabric rolls a bit and I don’t like roll-y hems!
So I decided to get some stretch lace and use it as a hem band to lengthen the tee.
I did a similar fix on my Salmon Plantain Tee if you remember. I like how this lace is longer but I’m not sure if lace and fair-isle fabric go together. It seems a little awkward to me.
Speaking of awkward, I had a mishap sewing the neck band. This fabric doesn’t have good stretch, so the neckband didn’t mesh well with the shirt and left a lot of extra fabric when I was near the end of the seam. Silly me didn’t baste the darn thing first and used a lightning stitch, so it was impossible to unpick.
My quick fix was to serge the neckline, cutting the whole neckband off, and roll and stitch for the finish.
I don’t think this will be a shirt that is in heavy rotation once the season is appropriate, but I can’t tell until this fall/winter. I certainly won’t be wearing this winter-themed fabric during the summer.
So yeah, I’m not really feeling this top too much but I am happy that I was able to do something useful with the scraps. I also somehow managed to match the pattern on the side seams (somewhat intentional) and have the lace be almost perfectly centered (unintentional… I wasn’t even paying attention when I was sewing it on). So there are some good things that came out of this shirt… I just still feel awkward about it…