I have been fancying this pattern, Vogue 8593 since summer. I saw Carol's version,on her blog, and immediately took the pattern out to put in a pile with aubergine rayon poly lycra from Kerryn's fabric world. It waited there all summer, then I decieed not to make winter clothes this year, as I wanted to sew travel clothes for a summer trip to France and England (probably more like Queensland winter, but let's pretend it will be hot for the whole time - 32 degrees C in London today, yippee)
So it was back in the cupboard for the fabric. However, Australian Stitches showed a t shirt idea from this pattern a few months ago, and Sue's dress version reminded me that I could make this pattern in a lighter fabric.
I used a rayon lycra knit, the heaviest I have received, from Gorgeous Fabrics. I bought it last year. (The rest was rather thin, and makes great knickers)
I am not sure if the rayon lycra will be quick drying, but it is very soft and comfortable to wear - much more pleasant than the wicking polyester (which is still pretty good,just not as soft as this)It is also thinner than a cotton knit t shirt.
I think the pattern works quite well as a t shirt. I left out the back zipper, as my fabric is supper stretchy, and I did not use facings - just cut the neck to the seamline then bound it using the coverstitch. This sounds quick and easy, but as I am still a novice at coverstitching, there were in fact 2 attempts, and some handstitching because the dratted binder (or, cough, the operator)exposed the raw edge of the binding at a strategic spot. I will work out this machine one day.
I had also planned on a little decorative beading over the neckline to cover a mild wonkiness in the stitching, but am saving this for some idle moment during my travels. (Must clean the house before my kind MIL arrives to mind my children)
I have abandoned the linen pants idea. My delightful daughters predicted that wearing cream linen trousers whilst unable to access a washing machine with ease would result in sitting on a park bench recently vacated by a 2 year old with a chocolate icecream.
They are horrid pessimists, otherwise known as realists...sigh.