To celebrate/commiserate the end of me-made-May I have designed a t-shirt! If you've been following my May outfits then you will know how much I like stripes and boxy tops.
As much as I love the amazing Hemlock tee, I felt the need for something a little more nautical and here it is....
It is basically made up of oblongs and triangles and is very simple in construction. I am a big fan of antique textiles and last year bought this lovely french nightdress in that there French France that was so simple, but so pleasing and it had gussets!!! I have taken the idea of the 'gusset' to create shaping and ease to the main part of the body. Now, although I have not looked at traditional sailors clothing for reference when drafting this top (if you can call it that) I have a fair idea that this is far from original in design. I'm pretty sure that this has been made many times in days of old.
|If you look really hard you'll see a pocket there!|
|Gusset number one nestled under the arm|
|Gusset number two is sitting in top of the shoulder|
|Detail shot of gusset number one|
|Detail shot of (you guessed it) gusset number two|
|Me in new top|
|Me in sleeve|
Because the weather was really nice today we had a mini picnic in the garden whilst taking the photos, so here I am mid-mini cheddar chew...
Looking a little more demure!
This is in one size only and for reference I am a medium (UK size 12). This can easily be altered by making the rectangles smaller or larger if you need to and also some of you may find the neck a bit gapey, but that is how I like to roll. This may even look good as a dress (need to consider that one!)
Here is some pattern inspiration!
If you are still interested then the pattern is available
Please note - The PDF is saved as one large page, so if you are printing at home you will need to download the file, select to print, tick 'fit' and 'poster' in the page size and handling and this should tile the image for you. I have filled the pattern pieces with a grid, which not only makes matching the pages easy, but also gives you the correct seam allowance. Each square of the grid measures 1cm, so if this does not measure correctly then you need to adjust your printer settings. Hopefully this makes sense, but let me know if you have any problems with this.
Below is a picture of my photographer for the day and a little helper
I also had a play at taking pictures of flowers and these are the results...