- Simple enough to sew in an hour or less, beginner/busy mommy-friendly
- Suitable for medium knits
- Ease-y through the torso to gloss over my squidge but also to prevent the fabric sticking to me during Brisbane’s endless bright, humid, still summer.
- Negative bust ease
- Kimono sleeves to allow air circulation to my underarms without flashing my bra
- Short enough to wear untucked without the fabric riding up and bunching around my waist, and long enough to allow me to tuck it in if I please. I like it at 3.5″ below my waist.
I started thinking about this as a sewists’ “open-source” project. What if I proportioned this in a few sizes and shapes, released it into the wild and then published some fun “hacks”? (Ways to play with the pattern to change the design.) Once you have a simple pattern, it’s very easy to alter it- especially when someone else can show you how…(and maybe someone else would do something amazing with it that I could copy, myself.)
(The Bow Back is a good hack. Can’t wait.)
The proportions are based on some ideas I have about sizing and proportion. I’d really appreciate feedback on the sizing, I paid close attention to the issues mentioned in the “Pattern Alterations, Let’s List and Vanquish Them” post as well as my own notes on fitting clients.
I spent an entire work week last month trying to figure out how to draw in a CAD program. It nearly drove me over the edge. This week, I approached the problem an entirely different way. It’s hand-traced, but neat. If I can’t go super-high tech, then I’ll go DIY low-tech. No bigs. I think the tiling should work for both A4 and Letter sizes, do let me know if you have issues.
That ugly white box just below my avatar in the sidebar is a dumping ground for the .pdfs I upload. BOWT refers to “Birds on a Wire Tee” and you’ll see why tomorrow.
Here’s the instructions- the sewing style is not what you’d normally find for knits, but I keep working with it and love it. I’d enjoy hearing how it works for others. The first pattern up is a “35 II” size, the one I drafted for another blogger and only JUST NOW figured out how to put online.
I will put up the rest over the next several days, the sizes I listed are already drafted. I didn’t go smaller than 35 II because it looks reeeeeally little to me. However, if you’re petite and overlooked, I’d be thrilled to practice proportions on a petite person so let me know.
I’ll upload the patterns in whatever random order, but I can prioritize sizes if you wish. Let me know!