Swap in Review #1: White stretchy shirt

May 11, 2010

When I first started the now completed Timmel SWAP, my plan had been to blog about it as I go. This worked for the first two items: the red shirt and the gabardine skirt. From that point onward though my life got far too hectic to sew and blog about the sewing and still manage to finish the SWAP in time. So I’m going to travel back to my completed clothes and talk about how I did them.

First up is the two way stretch jersey shirt with lacing on the sleeves.

Here it is in actionlacey sleeve shirt.

I used Simplicity 4023 as my base pattern. It’s a simple top designed for knits that is quickly becoming my favourite go to pattern for wardrobe staples.

I often find myself in need of a simple long sleeved top to wear under other shirts, particularly storebought shirts as I have inherited my mother’s long torso. With most reegular length shirts I experience a phenomenon referred to in my family as Gaposis. This occurs when one’s shirt is too short and the slightest movement reveals the stomach and lower back.

Now this was not a problem in my teens when belly shirts were in and I was effortlessly stylish (well sort of) but I find that a too-short shirt doesn’t do much for one’s professional credibility, and so I decided I needed a new white long sleeved top to where under other shirts.

Since the theme of my SWAP was A Touch of Whimsy, I added lacing to the sleeves from halfway up the forearms to the wrist. This meant I had to add eyelets to the sleeves. While I am aware that there are some impressive tools out there to press the eyelets in place, I’m a low tech operation so far.

needle nose pliers, awl and hammer These were my tools. The little silver cylinder next to the hammer was provided with the eyelets to be hit with the hammer to create the right sized holes. Due to the layers of fabric and interfacing, I quickly gave it up in favour of the awl.
This was not my first foray into the world of eyelets. I happen to love them and think the fashion world would be so much more appealing if there was more medieval style lacing on clothing.

I have had problems with eyelest in the past. They’ve pulled out of the fabric and so this time, I also purchased these: the smallest washers known to my local hardware store. Once I punched the hole in the fabric and inserted the eyelet, I put the washer around the inside of the eyelet piece to lock it in place before I hammered the other side of the eyelet down. So far, so good.finished eyelet

A finished eyelet.


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