Made | A Plaid Knit Shirt

Hello Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a happy month. Moving has been an exciting venture for me and as I'm making new friends, (spending time with old ones), and getting settled back into a barista life I haven't had as much time for sewing. I have tried to crank out a few things, but not much wearable clothing has been made since the move. This shirt is an exception, however.

I used Ebony's tutorial that every seamstress has likely seen by now. I had a loose-fitting t shirt block that I used in place of the Scout tee, since I was never a huge fan of the way mine fit. I plan to make this pattern as a dress as well, using the same method as the one I used to make my Briar t's into tunics (in other words, just using the back hem for both front and back pieces), although I may lengthen it. I also plan to taper in the sleeves on the next one. I do love this shirt, but I think I would feel more myself if some part of it was a bit tighter. I also added a pocket to this, as you may have already noticed. Literally all I did was cut out a big square of black faux leather, and then eyeball the placement and stitch it on the shirt. It was super easy and I think the pocket makes it more fun.

You can hardly see the skirt I'm wearing in these, but I'm going to talk about it anyway. It's become a staple in my wardrobe since The Great Jeans Debacle of 2014. I actually had an outfit planned that I made this for, but between the moving and working and living the rest of the outfit has been on the back burner, and I hope to change that soon. It's just a simple black rayon skirt though, my favourite thing. 

Anyway, in other news: I finally finished a pair of jeans that look...um...wearable. Maybe. They aren't the best, so I know I need a lot of work. I broke down and finally decided that I needed to call in some reinforcements on the pattern drafting front, and I bought the craftsy jeans course. I figured the course, combined with what I've been able to teach myself of patternmaking would be good enough. The only problem with that is I didn't have a pair of jeans I liked already, which is something I needed. I've been on the hunt for a well fitting pair of jeans ever since. They are really, really difficult to find though. I don't think I've ever noticed baggy knees of imperfect waistband fits so much in my life. I have a plan though, and one day, ONE DAY I will have made jeans that fit me the way I want.

Let's talk about this hat last, since I almost forgot about it. It's an orange version of the New Leaf hat, with a pom pom on the top. You can find it on my Etsy or you can find the pattern in the "patterns" tab of this website. 

I hope you all have an excellent month, an excellent start to your new year, and hopefully the next time I'm back it will be with jeans. We'll see.