Not when there are still variations to be tried. And they are so great for travel.
This year has involved way more travel than I'm used to - Texas, Washington state, Oregon, South Carolina, Italy (blog posting soon) and finally (maybe) New Hampshire. Tees are so easy to pack and easy to wear. Not so easy to wash (those rayon knits take forever to dry) but packability and wearabilty trump washability. Oh, and they layer beautifully.
Now I do enjoy making a shirt with men's wear styling. Love those interesting details and comfortable cotton shirting fabrics, but I just unpacked one and it looks awful. Not so for the Ultimate T-Shirts packed in the suitcase underneath everything else. They actually look pretty good.
Thank you, Katherine and Marcy, for re-introducing me to T-shirts. I think when I'm back home I'll listen/watch your Ultimate T-Shirt class again while sewing. Maybe on another T-shirt or two.
Here are two I just finished:
|Vogue 8793 made with a digitally printed rayon knit from Marcy Tilton|
|Vogue 8793 made with another pairing of rayon fabrics from Marcy Tilton|
This one is made from a ponte knit, also purchased from Marcy Tilton. It's a double cloth, brown on one side and black on the other, a medium weight knit. When I finished, it was decidedly a yawner. Or maybe just a sleeper. I added a little black sashiko to highlight the pretty lines of the design. And I've started wearing it. But it needs something more. Maybe some Alabama-Chanin-reverse-applique with the black side. I don't want to go too far because then it becomes unwearable.
That is one of my current personal challenges. When does wearable art become unwearable? I know when it's not artful. You know, you can just see that something else is needed. The trick is knowing when to stop.
Perhaps food for thought, or something for a future post.