I also realized, that since I began the Wardrobe Architect and Marie Kondo's method and cleared much out of my closet, I haven't been shopping for clothing at all. Like, I don't remember the last time I went in to a store, tried on clothes and bought them. I know I've purchased other things, but I've realized that I'm not trying to fill a gap, emotional or physical, in my wardrobe anymore. I open the closet and it's filled with things I love. Isn't that everyone woman's dream? I had no idea how attainable it would be. Nor how much it would affect my buying and sewing habits. I find that I'm way more inspired to sew things for myself too. Wow. I think I need to sit with that and see where else I can apply that in my life.
Anyway, back to the well loved pieces that are wearing out. Once they wear out, I really don't care to waste time in dressing room after dressing room trying them on. I'd rather shift all that time into a project that will result in an ideal fitting pattern from which I can make multiple garments.
Hangry Couture posted her experience using painter's tape to knock off a favorite garment. I found it most inspiring and have a great deal of respect for the useful and timely tips & tutorials that she shares. Then, unexpectedly, in my pursuit of sewing knowledge and the slew of books through my local library, I delightfully discovered the same technique in a Threads book on fitting.
Can you tell I prefer to research in detail before I dive into any project? I find the research often very invigorating and extremely useful for the direction in which I take the project.
I decided to try copying an ancient T-shirt I still own from Old Navy. Oh my good god, this is probably from 15 or 20 years ago. Whoa. Superstitious has always been in my sleepwear wardrobe because it's a trim fit, has cap sleeves and it has a moon on it. I like observing the moon & it's phases. Plus, the shirt was created as a Halloween shirt. You know the holiday shirts that Old Navy does for every season? It doesn't quite have enough room for my bum (it hangs up on the shelf), but it's very comfy. So, I figure I could practice copying on a light fabric that has stretched out a little and see how that translates into fit and finish. Either way I'll end up with a T-shirt I can sleep in.
You may also notice how there are little dart shapes at the CB neck (on the left barely peaking out) and CF neck. I believe that is due to the way the fabric was originally cut (it has a twist in it like it wasn't cut properly on grain), or due to the way it has stretched out over time. It was a $5 shirt. I wasn't expecting much from it.
Then, for comparison's sake, I overlay my knit block used for my hacked Imke and my Hot Pink 4th of July dress. The knit block is what you see in the photo above on the left. The shoulder seams are a bit different (I need to do some shifting of seams there anyway), and the neckline and side seams are a little different. So, there are little bits different all the way around. Plus, my knit block has back waist darts. So that introduces a big different.
Additionally, I overlay my modified version of the XYT top. That was the most interesting. It is the slimmest fit on me. You can also see in the above photo that the green solid tape is the Old Navy top and the dark green outline is the XYT. The additonal 1" line at the hem and the side seams was me adding for hem and fitting allowance. Seeing the difference helps me see how a casual T-shirt versus a shelf bra work out top needs to fit on my body. Of course the shoulders need to be in a little for the XYT, because it's transitioning back into a racer back of some sort or another. Of course the Old Navy shirt shoulders will be wider because they accommodate a sleeve. Interesting to study isn't it?
I must say, I didn't think I had much to even write about with this topic, but it seams that there is much I have learned that I get to share with you. How lovely. I do enjoy surprised. I must sit and allow the words to flow more.
How about you? Have you tried this technique? Or, do you enjoy the process of shopping?