A garment inspired by your favorite beverage… hmm… this really got me thinking. I love to cozy up with a mug of tea (and a good book!) this time of year, and Lady Grey tea is a particular favorite. My mom and I used to have an evening tradition of making a pot of Lady Grey tea and reading to each other: Lord of the Rings, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe… I remember those nights very fondly! So here she is, my wearable Lady Grey: a comfy, tunic-length, sophisticated sweatshirt that could perhaps almost be considered dressy?
Most exciting, this is my first ever totally self-drafted pattern!
Here’s my original sketch:
As you can see, I wanted to add welt pockets (bulk around the midriff… GREAT idea, right?) and I considered quilting a back yoke as well. The finished garment is simpler, but much to my liking. I guess this is why you sketch: to weed out the bad ideas BEFORE you cut into your fabric!
Overall, this self-drafting experiment was a big success. My only complaint is that the side slits don’t hang quite as I wanted them to… compare the drawing to the photos and you’ll see. I think with a stretchier knit I could close them up more and they would hang just as they did in my sketch, but I might have to lengthen the back by another 2 inches or so. I do like them though (so much room to dance and move around in this top!), and they are VERY secure thanks to the satin stitching I did at the apex:
Here’s another picture of me wearing my new favorite top! It’s cuddly and warm and I’ve got another one cut out in black. Do you think I can get away with wearing it to the office?
Way more details about my adventures in self-drafting and quilting on my blog.
Thanks for reading, and happy sewing!