As I have been delving into sewing more while I have been focusing on a career in fashion, I have been making some pieces for my own wardrobe. I am currently focusing on t-shirts, as it has been unseasonably warm in Colorado. Last week, I focused on a traditional t-shirt, using my measurements and the style of one of my favorite t-shits that I already own. I used a light weight jersey fabric and a new serger sewing machine. Over all, I really like the fit of that t-shirt, and will be making more like it in the future.
This week I focused on re-drafting my t-shirt pattern into a raglan-style t-shirt. I prefer this look, as it looks a bit more sporty and fitted. I got my fabric from Crosscut Sewing Company, a shop based in Melrose, MA with an extensive selection of fabric, notions, and thread in their online shop. I purchased some knit fabric designed by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics. I chose a print named Mesh With Me that has a charcoal base with white hatch marks on top that look like a mock weaving. This is my style, not just because I am a weaver, but also because I love the punky-goth look.
I should have tested, but this knit was not as stretchy as the knit I used in my first shirt. Using the same measurements caused this shirt to be slightly tighter feeling. In my next shirt, I'll be sure to add a bit more ease into the armholes. Though it's a bit tight, I love the look of it, and I feel like I understand my serger much more than before.
A little bit more about Crosscut Sewing Company!
The ordering process was very easy, and the photograph of the fabric swatch is accurate to the actual fabric. I enjoyed being able to track my order, and my package once it had shipped. The shipping was fast, and before I knew it, I had my fabric in hand, and a complementary tool called a Bobbin Buddy, that attaches a spool of thread to the coordinating bobbin. I didn't know that I needed a tool like that until it was in my possession!
I would highly recommend ordering from Crosscut if you are looking for designer fabrics that you may not be able to buy near where you live. Also, if you do live in or near Melrose, MA then you should stop by their shop and say hello!