I really like asymmetric design features. They catch your eye and can make for some interest in what might otherwise be a plain garment.
Continuing with my love of Ottobre Woman’s latest issue (5/2014), I made up 5-2014-4, a scoop neck side ruched t-shirt in a poly/cotton knit I picked up from Needle Nook Fabrics in the summer. The fabric is a bit sheer, but this time of year, I wear a lot of t-shirts as layering pieces, so this is a good addition for that purpose. Despite my size, t-shirts tend to get caught up on my hips if they’re too long. All Ottobre t-shirts are too long on me because I’m 5’2.5″, which I’m sure is far shorter than the average Finn. This t-shirt was no exception. The problem was magnified by the relative firmness of this knit. I gave myself extra width in the side seams because I knew that this knit was not going to stretch any extra for me, but I still needed more width in the hips when the t-shirt was finished. I ended up adding godets in the side seams 7.25″ X2″ wide. This made the t-shirt a lot more comfortable but didn’t really change the overall silhouette too much.
I used clear elastic from Fashion Sewing Supply for the side ruching. It, like all Pam sells is really great elastic. I have no idea how anyone sews with the elastic that’s sold elsewhere–it’s too stiff, and my Janome will not sew through it at all.
Top #2 is totally weather inappropriate, but I still managed to get a wear out of it over Thanksgiving at my in-laws’ in CA. Burdastyle 2-2013-109 was the pattern that pushed me over the edge last year when I bought this issue.
The left “sleeve” is formed by a large section of the back pleated, gathered and wrapped around to the front to sew into the neckline. It makes for a beautiful little cap sleeve. You could eliminate the asymmetric element and make both sides to have the wrap around sleeves, I would wager to good effect. The wrap piece itself was a little too long and at a funny angle for me. To fix this, I pinned the sleeve where I wanted it, stitched it down and cut off the excess–very simple.
The Ottobre top review is here.
The Burdastyle top review is here.