Yesterday, I set to work on February’s “Hack” of the Blank Canvas Tee– The Bow Tie Tee. I drew inspiration from two dresses from the 1930’s and the 50’s combined with some navy and white pinstriped jersey I had lying around. It’s leftovers from a t-shirt I cut for my husband. A t-shirt I have yet to actually stitch together.
The design draws on both inspiration dresses, and then goes off in its own direction. I had a ridiculously good time planning the stripe placement. Would turning the stretch fabric on its side for the lower front piece work, or would I have another Icarus on my hands? I held my breath during construction, but it works well. I’m itching to make a quick second version of this with a screaming bright contrast for the yoke…
I wanted an interesting back because all the simple tops I’ve been sewing lately leave me longing for something a little juicy like matching pinstripes along a “bias” seam. Of course, you could always opt to make a plain and simple back.
I also lengthened this top as so many pattern testers are rather unimpressed by my shorter knit tops. I don’t mind either way. If you have any tweaks to suggest for this design, I’m happy to listen. (Also, if you’ve downloaded my basic BCT and have any constructive criticism about fit, do let me know before I start making a multi-sized Bow Tie Tee pattern!)
I like having a self-imposed monthly design challenge, and I like sharing my process here. If you’re curious about what future months may look like, take a look at my Hack Ideas board on pinterest. I’m easily swayed by re-pins and “likes”– I see these hacks a collaborative project between me and you lovely ladies of the online sewing community.
(It was raining when we took photos today, I’m trying to catch a drop)
Without letting this project take over the blog (yawn!), I plan to post the month’s design inspiration in the first or second week of the month. You all give me thumbs up and/or down, and then I go do some pattern chopping. I show you my finished garment (a top or a dress or a cardigan or sweatshirt) in the second or third week. Fourth week- I publish the drafting instructions. Then I publish a multi-sized pattern on Craftsy- that wasn’t originally part of my plan but I’m pleased to do it. How’s that for a game of sewing?
Note: I *believe* I am caught up with my emails, but if I owe you one please remind me! My little girl keeps getting into my mailbox on my phone and re-arranging my universe.