The garment factory accidents in Bangladesh have really opened my eyes to just how our clothing is made. This article, which I heard on our local NPR station, painted a very vivid picture of the awful working conditions. (The article is short, please read it.) As seamstresses, we have a unique opportunity to do something small to help this terrible situation: to make at least some of our own clothing. Even when my sewing room is sweltering hot, I know that my homemade clothing is not actually made in a sweatshop. I can’t make items like jeans, and I still do love shopping for and buying pretty things, so I don’t think I’ll be going fully homemade anytime soon, but I truly believe that even a little helps.
In the past, I haven’t wanted to make things like t-shirts because, well, they are so cheap to buy. But they are cheap for a reason. As I’ve gained confidence in my serging abilities, though, t-shirts have become much more quick and easy to make, and might even approach cost-effectiveness, which means one less item of clothing to buy. Fellow Britex blogger, Kristin from Skirt as Top has generously provided a lovely, simple and free t-shirt pattern, and after seeing it here, here, and here, I finally gave in. Plus, I had a yard of some beautiful chevron fabric that had been waiting for a good pattern.
The pattern comes only in a smallish-medium size, so I took the sides in quite a bit and shortened it by about 2-3 inches. I also redrew the neckline to be less scoopish (for modesty while bending over at the park, you know) and made the armholes smaller. I love the resulting fit!
I couldn’t help myself and made a second one, immediately! No lie, it took me 40 minutes. The black and white looks a bit like prison gear, but it’s super comfortable. Despite using the exact same pattern, the black and white striped top is slightly roomier.
My littlest was helping work the camera timer today, wearing his mom-made top!