So happy I did.
- Pattern Simplicity 2152 (although I toyed with the idea of using Simplicity 2475 or Butterick 5649). I finally decided I liked the pockets best on this pattern and the wide band at the waist to hopefully "hold it all in" a bit better, if you know what I mean. Also, I thought a pencil-ish denim skirt may not be as mom friendly as I'd like in the long run. Nice little A-line worked great.
- Used a darker washed stretch denim fabric from my stash. Not sure how long I've had it, but I don't normally pay over $3/yd. for denim. Usually I wait 'til it goes on sale and only pay $2/yd. at my favorite fabric store (or $1.59/yd. w/ their 60% off coupons)
- White topstitching thread to embellish the seams. LOVE it this way! Thanks Tiffany for the suggestion. I used Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP Heavy--you should be able to buy it at your local fabric store.
- For the topstitching I set my stitch length a little longer than I normally sew. Also make sure you don't deviate as you are topstitching. Any little goof-up will be much more noticeable with contrasting thread.
- I also used a topstitch needle, for the first time ever--not sure I noticed anything different had I just used my denim/jean needle. Maybe it made the bottom side of the stitch look a little better since I was using heavy topstitch thread.
- For the hem I used a blind hem stitch instead of any topstitching. Personal preference. I wasn't feeling it with the topstitch thread at the hem.
The T-shirt was only a failure in the fact that it was supposed to be for ME, not my 12 going on 13 yr. old daughter!! I loved this striped piece that I had found at the thrift store and was so looking forward to wearing it with my denim skirt.
Well, that's what I get for trying a new pattern (Butterick 5215), making the fitted version, and using a knit that was not very stretchy. The shoulders and armpits were SO tight and uncomfortable. And really I am not especially broad shouldered. You know it is bad when instead of fitting me it fits daughter #2, who when I sew for her she is about 2 or 3 pattern sizes smaller than I am. I only had to take in the side seams a bit and then it looked great on her.
Single topstitch for the neckband and sleeves
You can see that even on her the shoulders are a bit short.
(I'll try this pattern one more time with a different piece of knit and not the fitted version before I chuck it in the trash and stick with my basic, albeit discontinued, Kwik Sew t-shirt pattern. You can also try this one for basic tees.)
I'm guessing that if you have narrower shoulders that this would be a great pattern for you. Minimal adjusting.