Second T-Shirt using Vogue 8793
After sewing my first Ultimate T-Shirt using Vogue 8793 and getting such a great fit and a super comfortable t-shirt I thought I’d use the same pattern to give colour blocking a try.
Here’s what I came up with… the idea in my mind was to create the illusion of an hourglass
How did I create the hourglass colour block to the pattern?
All I did was trace the front pattern piece and then draw in where I thought I’d like to add the colour block effect. Once I did that I then cut up the pattern pieces and added in the newly needed seam allowances and then sewed the pieces back together to recreate the front and back pieces needed for the t-shirt. Because the print fabric was a stretch knit burnout I lined it with the plain black stretch knit fabric for a little modesty, although I didn’t line the sleeves as they really didn’t need it and wanted to take advantage of the burnout effect.
Other changes I made to the original Vogue 8793 pattern
- Lowered the neckline (but I went a little too far with the scoop as my neckline doesn’t sit quite as well as my first version). I should have made the curve at the bottom of the neckline a little straighter as this would have eliminated the problem that I had. You can see in a couple of the pics how the neckline in the centre front doesn’t sit quite right… but hey I can live with it the way it is and I’ve learned a pretty good lesson from the exercise for next time I lower a neckline.
- Made the sleeves a little tighter. Comfort wise I actually prefer the original sleeve width. Hey… you never know unless you give it a go
- Lengthened the hemline. I wanted this t-shirt to be longer so as it would go over my curvy hips and hide those little bulges at the side. Especially as I was planning on wearing it with a figure hugging stretch knit skirt that I was going to make out of the same black fabric as I used in the top.
Here’s a close up of the neck band which you can see is not sitting quite right… but hey if anyone’s looking that closely (other than you and me) I don’t think they’ll be just looking at my neck band LOL
Whipped up a quick and easy skirt to make it a complete outfit
For this outfit I also made myself a quick and easy little skirt using the same black stretch knit fabric I used in the side panels of the t-shirt. All I did was take my measurements for my waist and hips and cut a front and back tapering from the waist to the hip measurement and straight down and tapering a little towards the hemline, I didn’t add in any ease as I was using a stretch knit fabric. I just a little for a seam allowance and overlocked the side seams. Added an elastic waistband, and coverstiched the hem. Now I have a great little skirt I can mix and match with other tops I already have and will be adding to my wardrobe. Such a quick and easy skirt to make and whip up any time you need a quick and easy skirt to sew to match a top.
Stretch knits = Comfort
In this view you can see just how stretchy the fabric is which really makes for a super comfortable outfit that moves with you and your curves.
This view shows off the full hourglass effect which is exactly the same on the front. If I was to do the hourglass effect again I don’t think I’d bring in the centre of the hourglass quite as much as I did with this one as I think it’s a little too much of an hourglass effect.
Close up view of the sleeve showing the burnout fabric… and I thought it was a good excuse to show off my new ring LOL.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the result and my first attempt at colour blocking
I think this outfit looks quite smart and best of all it’s SUPER comfortable. I’m planning on wearing this Thursday night for a work Christmas dinner.
I have a feeling this won’t be my last attempt at creating my own colour block patterns, you really can just let your imagination go wild and use any of your existing patterns to create what ever effect you desire.
A little more about my new ring
For my 20th anniversary present from my hubby (Grant) he had my original engagement, wedding and eternity ring redesigned and added a nice big diamond and the diamonds in the band. The rest of the diamonds are from my original rings. I’d been without my rings since our holiday on the Gold Coast as we left the rings with the jeweller while we were there and then had to wait for the ring to be created. Now she’s sitting proudly back on my finger again for another 20 yrs.