One of my sewing goals this year is to sew practical items, which is just a little odd because I haven't sewn much of anything--practical or not--for quite some time.
|Fig.1. Not practical.|
So, it's my mission to sew some practical things this year. Things that I would actually use or wear right now and can survive close proximity to an infant. However, practical doesn't necessarily mean boring or unattractive. There are many lovely machine wash and dry fabrics out there. And there are many lovely patterns for things other than dresses.
|Fig. 2. Determined to show everyone my bra|
|Fig. 3. What would you call this neckline?|
The other solution is to wear shirts made of woven material. Here is where we run into big (literally) problems. Ready to wear shirts are not designed for women with larger than average busts. I wear a DD or E cup, depending on the bra. Therefore, if I want to buy a shirt that fits over my chest it either needs to be baggy in design or a size or two larger than what I need to buy to fit the rest of my torso. Neither of these options is particularly flattering on me. I can make do by buying a button down shirt that I wear a cami under and only button below my chest but that gets really old (also, what is with most cami-shirts coming with that damn shelf bra in them? I always have to cut that stupid thing out).
So, if I want to wear a fitted or semi-fitted top made out of a woven material, the best solution is to sew it myself. This is still a little complicated because I will have to alter the pattern because patterns are usually drafted for a B cup, but it's better than buying a shirt I know does not fit me properly.
I am going to start with the Sorbetto, a free pattern from Colette. You may recall I was trying to modify this to wear it as a maternity top and never managed to finish it. I still love the original pattern and would like to make one. A sleeveless top is not exactly the most practical thing at this time of year, even in Northern California, but it's a very basic top pattern consisting of two pattern pieces and no closures, making a good top to start out with when learning to make a full-bust adjustment. And, I can still wear it this time of year with a cardigan. Also, everyone and their dog has made this pattern so there is a lot of inspiration and information out there. There are several ways to add embellishments or modify the pattern, including adding a short sleeve.
There are several other shirt patterns I'm looking at, too, but I think I'll concentrate on making a couple versions of Sorbetto for now and see how it goes. I'm setting the goal of having the pattern traced, cut out, and full-bust-adjusted by this time next week. That seems reasonable even with a little baby in the house, right?