Yesterday, it was raining pretty hard here in south-central Alaska, so I spent a few hours creating two t shirts, using Pamela's Patterns Perfect T Shirt pattern.
I used this fabric, an ITY Poly/Rayon, from Christine Jonson. I believe Christine sells some of the best knits around, and this particular fabric is one of my go-to staples. It wears well, and holds up for years, drapes nicely, and is wash and drip dry (and I've discovered, machine dryable if I'm in a rush).
One shirt has full length sleeves (the one I'm wearing in the photo) and the other has 3/4 length sleeves with stretch velvet binding the neck. I messed up the neck binding on this shirt, so I cut it off and replaced it with the velvet. The other shirt (the one I'm wearing) I simply turned and coverstitched the neckline, which is becoming my favorite way to finish simple necklines on a knit. I set the machine to slightly stretch as it sews, which makes for a more stretchy finished project, as the machine lays more thread into the seams that way.
I'm still getting the feel of my new sewing room, and as I sew, I'm deciding where to place stuff. I still haven't committed to the placement of the gravity-feed iron. I have my three main sewing machines (conventional, serger, and coverstitch) in a row along the south side of the room, and catty-corner to that, I have my cutting table. I have tile flooring, which I love. No more hidden pins 'discovered' painfully in bare feet!
I want to sew a 'big' project next. I'm playing around with some ideas. But first up is, a small home decorating project.
Do you sew 'basics' such as these shirts, or do you save your sewing energy for bigger and more complex projects?