Whenever I work on putting these Thursday outfit posts together, I feel very self-conscious and sort of ridiculous as I go through dozens and dozens of pictures of myself. I wish I could be blasé, but I’m really not. It’s so very out of character for me to do this. The other night a friend invited me to an event and I ran into someone who told me she reads my blog. I was surprised and turned bright, bright red, and all eyes at the table were on me. Immediately, I thought of these awkward photos plastered all over the place and I wanted to whip out my ipad to delete the posts.
But the moment passed, and no one gave a fig newton about my blog (though the woman who reads my blog was very kind).
And I have to say, I am much more comfortable in front of the camera now, and I like being able to look back on all the things I’ve been sewing/creating for myself. It’s fun to see the progress (if any) I’m making, the successes and failures and everything in between. And these tops I made are smack-dab in the “in between” category.
So let’s talk about that. I used Butterick 5335 for these simple, raglan tees. They aren’t knocking my socks off and a lot of it has to do with the dreaded waviness at the hems that I couldn’t iron out (I tried, oh I tried). Still, I don’t think they’re horrible. They’re just not all that great.
I made the navy one first and used some tissue weight jersey knit with lovely drape. The curse of the crazy long torso resulted in basically a cropped top, and I wore my high-waisted jeans (aka: my mom jeans) reminiscent of the 70s in order to avoid flashing you with my belly. See the waviness at the sleeve and bottom hem? Shudder.
Of course, I could have used wonder tape or other clever tricks to avoid the undulating hems, but could I be bothered? No, I just decided to add my favorite scarf to hide my lackluster tee.
I do like the raglan style and it’s so fast to sew, I decided to try another. I didn’t have much of the pink knit, and according to the bit of paper stapled to it, it’s a Michael Levine fabric. Super soft, very comfortable, really stretchy. I didn’t have enough for the sleeves, so I dug through my scraps and found the coral stripes I used for this top here. I kept my fingers crossed that it would look cute.
It’s kinda sorta cute, I guess. I opened up the neckline and added about five inches to the length and now it’s a little too long, methinks. And nope, still couldn’t get the waviness under control…
So again, let’s hide behind the scarf. The scarf. The moment I saw it last winter in a darling little boutique, I knew we were meant to be together. It’s a cotton/acrylic blend, and I usually avoid anything with acrylic – however, this is the softest, most versatile scarf I’ve ever owned. It’s basically a mini blanket/pashmina (without the luxe pashmina fiber content). It matches pretty much everything in my wardrobe, which, I guess if you only own neutral colors like I do, isn’t such a rare occurrence.
Anyway, it’s my fave. And I think the scarf may elevate the ho-hum tees to an acceptable level. What say you?