Life has been a little manic around here of late, leaving little time for sewing. My daughter returned from her sports tournament on Friday just in time to wave off her father and brother on a similar trip leaving me, once again holding the fort. Unfortunately my son picked up some sort of virus on his travels which means that I am now playing nurse and you guessed it, no time for sewing today either. So for today, I am writing the "one I prepared earlier" post.
I was given these two men's tee shirts, both unworn but not suitable for anyone around here. They did however contain a good amount of fabric for re purposing. Because the fabric is a rugby knit type fabric, they were unsuitable for cutting of bands, so I managed to re purpose yet another shirt for the bands and make this.....
Yup, you guessed it...I made another Renfrew. It isn't very exciting, I know but a white tee shirt is a staple in any ones wardrobe. So this is version number seven of this most versatile of patterns. It will not be my last. I know this for a fact as I have since completed one more!
Like the last versions, I have added bands and top stitched. The one thing I have found however with this pattern is the need to remove around 5cm from the neckband to get it to sit nice and flat. I don't know if this is a design fault or perhaps just because of the fabric I am using.
I also had problems with the original tee and the fact it wasn't cut on the grain. Why do manufacturers do this? It is really sloppy and results with wonky seams and hems. It is most frustrating. If it wasn't for this, I would have reused both the hem on the bottom of the shirt and the sleeve.
Not surprisingly, this shirt has already had it's first outing and I am sure there will be many more.