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Summer Concert Tee Collar

Another One Bites the Dust

And another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust! I’ve come across my first pattern that just isn’t going to work for me. It looked like it had so much potential – a light, flowy tshirt, aptly called the “Summer Concert Tee.” I thought, “I love summer concerts! I need a summer concert tee!”

Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee

Summer is awesome!

This pattern came from Dixie DIY, and while it hasn’t made it into my TNT pattern collection (“tried and true”… patterns that fit!), it did lead to my discovery of the Perfect Pattern Parcel. With each parcel, you choose your price for a collection of 5 sewing patterns by indie designers. Each parcel is on sale for 2 weeks, and a portion of the proceeds goes to a children’s education charity. It’s a win-win, even if you end up making pajamas out of one of the patterns.

Perfect Pattern Parcel Badge

Support indie designers and children’s education, and get 5 great patterns at a great price. Winning!

Based on feedback from other bloggers that had sewn this pattern up, I adjusted the pattern to lengthen the front. I’m not a midriff-baring kind of gal. I chose a fun green striped knit that had some delicate lace-type components, and planned to wear the tee over a white cami. Had I known better, I probably wouldn’t have chosen such a fussy fabric, but being clueless seems to also make me fearless! This was also my first attempt at lining up stripes, and I did pretty darned good, despite other failures. I cut out the XL pattern size and took to the instructions. The diagrams were helpful, and thank goodness they were there, because the written descriptions of right and wrong sides got confusing. I wish patterns included a step like, “turn the piece right side out, and then…” So far, most don’t seem to include such verbiage. The first step also included a typo (“Font” instead of “Front”), so I was cringing early on. Still, I had high hopes for this project!

For the life of me, I just could not get the collar on properly. It was too short when I pinned it, even when I stretched the collar per the instructions. I shouldn’t have sewn it (did I not learn anything from the green dress?!), but I went ahead anyway, thinking maybe I was just missing something and it would magically work out. Note to self: sewing, while creative, is actually quite mechanical. Things don’t just magically work out. Here’s what happened:

Messed Up Collar on Summer Concert Tee

As if you actually need those red arrows to spot the problem.

It took three tries of picking the seam and re-sewing the collar to get something I could even think about wearing. I have to thank my friend Kat (she brews beer!) for the push to keep trying, because I had honestly given up after the second try. Here’s what I ended up with, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

Summer Concert Tee

Better, but still a mess

The fabric did not hold up well to my brutality, and by this point, my stay-stitching was showing and everything was just a mess.

 

Summer Concert Tee Collar

Cruel and unusual punishment. I’m sorry, collar.

I was still hoping for a nice, flowy tshirt, so I tried again a few days later with a more stable jersey knit. I’m wearing it right now, as a pajama top, because it’s just not going to work for me. The collar again gave me trouble, so this time I went back and cut a second, longer collar – almost 2 inches longer. That helped, but other issues have led me to cross this pattern off of my list. After lengthening the front, the shirt loses some of its flair from front to back, and the extended sleeve caps have a seam right around the fullest part of the upper arm, accentuating my ample meatiness in that area. Not attractive.

Alas, this pattern did not work for me, but I am looking forward to trying a few more patterns in this parcel – particularly the Lady Skater Dress from Kitschy Coo and the Accordion Bag from Sew Sweetness.

What do you do with your made-by-me failures? Relegate them to the pajama drawer? Donate them? Turn them into scraps?

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