I’ve had Pattern Magic Volume 3 for eons and haven’t actually made anything from it, although I have serious interest in a couple of the patterns. I decided I needed to remedy the situation and started with the sloper.
I am sure that slopers aren’t meant to be made into actual clothes, and I started out with a scrap of blue knit and then couldn’t bear to waste it, so I added some odds and ends from a Potter Textiles $5 scrap bag and I had me a very handy t-shirt.
This is a bit of an odd pose, but I was out in the bush collecting she-oak nuts for a dyeing experiment and I didn’t want to get my knees dirty.
In the end I gave up on the clean knee quest. I found a load of the nuts, which I immediately threw into a brew (more of that in another post)
The contrasting bands and sleeves were tiny scraps of fabric. I had made the t-shirt with a shorter front because of a serious fabric shortage, so added a long band and then liked the effect so added a narrower band in the same fabric at the back. I hadn’t noticed the weird effect of the lines on the fabric until I looked at this photo. Trust me, it’s all quite straight.
The sleeves are the same fabric in a different colourway. When I felt the fabric, it was so luxurious that I was convinced it was a poly blend, but a burn test shows it to be a wool blended with some other natural fibre. I have to say that the whole shirt is wonderful to wear and I have worn it at least once a week for about a month. It launders like a dream and needs no ironing. The perfect t-shirt in my opinion!
Keeping in mind that this is a sloper, I am going to make a few adjustments before I use it as the basis of a “real” garment. I think I’ll do a sway back adjustment and the armholes need to be made a bit longer, which means that the sleeves will need to be altered too. I also had to guess the length of the neckband and I might make it a smidge smaller next time. Having said all that, this is already a favourite t-shirt and I will make a few more with long sleeves as layering pieces for winter.
In a nutshell: Pattern is the sloper from Pattern Magic 3. Fabric is a lovely 100% cotton knit that I’ve had in my stash for a long time, combined with two different colourways of a wool blend from a $5 scrap bag. Jeans are really old RTW ones that I altered to fit me a bit better. Shoes are Timberland bought in Upsala, Sweden.