follow me here), and I am trying to wear me-mades every day, I made a couple of t-shirts for myself.
I made two Rowan Tees for Joe, and two Grainline Lark Tees for me. Both of Joe's shirts are recycled from adult t-shirts. I made this one from a thrifted green stripe women's tee, adding a yellow kangaroo pocket and shoulder stripe detail just to liven things up. The shirt is finished off with my favorite bamboo ribbing. Joe really likes this shirt - it's fun to put random things, e.g., golfballs, into the kangaroo pocket! And the green striped fabric is super soft.
This was my first time trying the Lark Tee for myself, and I had a small amount (a yard and a quarter or so) of this peachy triangle fabric, which I picked out of the remnants bin at Britex, but I suspect is a Girl Charlee fabric in this line. I was just able to eek out a scoop neck Lark tee with cap sleeves. I wasn't sure about this color on me or the cap sleeves, which generally aren't my favorite, but I really like this t-shirt! When I tried it on for Steve, he said "that is really nice, I really like the color." Which is a big compliment from my quiet guy!
here). I don't always wear colors within those palettes (I do like black and deep clear blues and navy), but I usually do. I am generally drawn to more saturated warm/earth tones. Very dark or bright autumn colors are not my best, but neither are pale, pastel spring colors. I'm somewhere in between - deeper colors, but still a bit muted. This t-shirt is definitely more pastel than I usually go for, but I like it, especially mixed with other colors.
I am a lucky mama! My Joey is so sweet and affectionate.
With his light blue eyes, I suspect Joe is either a spring or a summer. He definitely rocks the pale blues and he has less red in his hair (and more olive-toned skin) than I do. What do you think?
But if I had to choose, and a lot of it is just personal preference, I would always go for this more saturated autumn color on me ...
Here is Lark Tee #2, also made from Britex knit, a really nice-quality rayon blend abstract print in a lovely shade of rust/tomato red. I luuuuuuuurve this top!!! The fabric has a really nice high quality feel to it and the print is really interesting and fun. Again, I only had a yard and a half, but it was enough to do elbow length sleeves. Both of my Larks are in a size 10 in the shoulders and bust, grading to a size 12 at the waist and hips. The only modification I made was to remove about two inches from the length of the tee so that it hits right at my hip and is easy to tuck in. Due to the small amount of fabric, zero attempt was made to match the pattern along the side-seams.
The fit is pretty perfect through the shoulders and neckline, with a soft slouchiness at the waist, which I am loving right now. I could also see just cutting a size 10. I was reluctant to pay money for a t-shirt pattern, given that my favorites (the Plantain Tee and the Hemlock Tee) are free! But I love all of the Lark options, and I am becoming a total Grainline fan-girl, so yup! And I definitely feel like I'll get my money's worth from this pattern. I am looking forward to trying the v-neck variation next.
Ah, cute picture with my kids!!! Maggie insisted on sneaking into this shot. I have to say, posing with my kids is a lot more fun than posing by myself! Here's Joe's last t-shirt - another Rowan I made from an Oaklandish t-shirt that was always too small for me (bless my husband, he thought I was a size small?!). This was a very simple recycle, preserving the hems on the sleeves (but not the bottom of the shirt, in order to center the logo), and using green ribbing for the neck.
There is a little bit of an in-joke with this shirt, based on a conversation I had with Joe last year. We were talking about what to do if you get lost. and he was saying "My daddy's name is Steve, and my mom's name is Inder." "That's right Joe. What's your full name?" Joe, getting confused between full names and the name of his town (also an important thing to know), said, "Um, am I Oakland Joe?"
Me, trying to contain my mirth and delight: "Uh, no ... you are Joe B."
Joe: "Oh, right! Joe B."
"Oakland Joe"!!!!! I am pretty sure that one is gonna stick!!
I love this kid!!
I am done with t-shirts for now and I'm moving to other Me-Made-May staples, starting with the Seamwork Moji pants. Pants! Eeek! What are you sewing this weekend?