It’s great to have a basic pattern that I like and fits me so I can chop it up and make fun tops like this. I’m using a light-medium weight rayon knit with a dash of lycra. The white satin elastic should work well for the trim- it has some give but not much, and is very firm. I found it in the lingerie section, I think it will work. I’ll show you how to change your own favorite tee pattern to make this tee as I work on it myself.
I released the Blank Canvas pattern over Christmas and the response has been helpful and encouraging. It’s one thing to have piles of ideas, it’s a horse of another color entirely to execute those ideas. I’ve already learned more than I thought possible about making patterns for download.
One consistent alteration among the testers for the 35II size is the shoulders, and I added a little more ease through the bust. I re-drafted and scanned the 35 and the 40 to reflect these alterations, so the pattern should require less alteration when downloaded. The new copies are available in the side bar and the How To Sew The Blank Canvas Tee page.
In response to observations, I decided to nix the “V” and “II” types. It’s unnecessarily complicated for a top like this. The biggest difference between V and II lay primarily in the side seam shaping, which is highly variable anyway. Instead, I’m offering straight 35 and 40 sizes. The copies are neater too, since I know better what I am doing. Eventually I’d like to learn to draft on the computer- but for now I will draw and scan.
I plan to clean up and simplify the 45’s-55’s, and add a 30 over the next few weeks. I’m more confident with the larger sizes because I had more opportunity to test them before uploading, so I’m happy for the current patterns to stay for a little while longer. I’ll let you know when I update them.
A big thank you to everyone who has sewn one and sent me a photo. Thank you, thank you!! If you’d like, please post a link to your finished tee on the Blank Canvas Tee page, or please send me a photo I can add to the gallery. The new pattern isn’t drastically different, it’s just an improvement based on feedback and improved scanning skills.
And now the most pressing question of all:
I have a black pencil skirt and a length of plaid-y black and white poly chiffon that’s dying to become a skirt like this one. Too much? What about as a fun, silly casual skirt? I do love whimsical casual wear. I could see myself wearing it with the sailor top, or with quieter, more grown-up basics for a touch of fun. What do you think?
Edit: Dianne reminded me of a conversation we had the other day about Japanese culture. She lived there during her schoolgirl days and told me about Japanese school uniform, or fuku: