I have made several of these t shirts, does this make it a TNT? Anyway, after thinking this super soft and clingy bamboo viscose jersey from Gorgeous fabrics was only useful for super soft and comfy knickers ( which I make, but tend not to expose on my blog for some Victorian reason of reticence), I have to eat my words. I love, love, love this t shirt with lattice smocking on this super soft fabric(North American smocking, or counter change smocking - lattice pattern - sources Threads Magazine 2010, Australian smocking and Embroidery magazine 2009, smocks and smocking published 1972 - etc etc)
The last time I smocked a t shirt I used the traditional English Smocking method of applying the smocking to the pattern - lying the pattern piece over the smocking and cutting it out, on grain.
I have worn this t shirt frequently, and it is one of those garments that other people notice, and comment about favourably. Naturally this meant that I was inspired to make another one. :)
This time, I felt that a less traditional method would be appropriate, which really means that I did not want to smock 8- 10 rows before cutting out. I smocked two rows of horizontal, rather than vertical lattice smocking,using a one inch grid, then draped the neckline using my dress form, Genevieve, to achieve a pleasing fall of fabric.
Not trusting this draping at all, I overlocked the upper portion of the bodice to an on -grain stay, cut from the same fabric, cut out using the pattern piece photographed here.
It took about 10 minutes to sew the rest of this t shirt.
Getting out the overlocker and the coverstitch machine is hardly worth it for one garment, so I whipped up a t shirt Vogue 2925 (oop) from a more stable cotton-lycra knit.
20 minutes max. I love tested t shirt patterns.
It looks better with the scarf that my mum gave me,
but this sort of sewing is sooo much faster and more satisfying than shopping. It's a pity I prefer fiddly sewing with wovens.