Let me introduce you to my Squamingos (squandered flamingos). You all were so helpful in suggesting how to use this fabric so I didn’t turn out looking like a 7 year old, so I did feel a bit of pressure to come back to you with something great. (Thanks for the advice; you also inspired me to try the Wanted T-shirt by Vanessa Pouzet, which I’ll show you soon in another post.) But it seems this T-shirt I made using this squee-worthy flamingo fabric I bought at Stoff & Stil in Berlin turned out a little too small. Hence the Squamingos. *Sigh.*
I used Wardrobe By Me’s Wardrobe-Builder T-shirt pattern. It’s a fitted t-shirt with several variations for necklines, lengths, hem shapes, sleeves, and even optional side-ruching — truly a versatile pattern:
I am so used to patterns turning out much bigger than the size charts would suggest that I cut out size 2, corresponding to my measurements, without giving it much thought. But this really is a fitted tee with negative ease and I probably should have gone with a bigger size. (To be fair, the pattern does clearly indicate that the tee has negative ease, and does give finished garment measurements.)
You’ll see from this awkward photo below how the shoulders are *very* narrow — I could’ve used an extra inch at each side. I almost always have to make the shoulders narrower on everything I make, so it was a shock that this was so narrow right out of the envelope, so to speak.
Another alteration I had to make was to shorten the upper torso, from the shoulder seam to the bust. Of course, I discovered this after I sewed it up. The combination of negative ease and too much room in the armscyes made the shirt ride up around my shoulders, like so…
…so I proceeded to rip out the top of the armscye and shoulder seams so I could nip off about an inch at each shoulder seam. When I put Humpty together again, I didn’t do a great job of easing the sleeve into the armscye:
Nothing a little ironing-the-shit-out-of-this-thing won’t fix. Well, maybe. But it’s certainly much better than before.
I do like the curved hemline. And my husband likes taking pictures of my ass, apparently. (Whenever I ask him to do “detail” shots, I usually find some close-ups of boobs or bum but not necessarily of the garment details. Bless his heart for still being interested after 16 years of marriage, though! lol)
To distract from the too-small shoulders, I made myself a lo-fi necklace, literally out of string and 3 wooden beads. I think it’s a great match.
Overall the verdict is that I will likely still use this pattern again, but bearing in mind that I need to shorten the shoulder-to-bust length, widen the shoulders, and beware of the negative ease.
I figure my chartreuse electric scooter is another good technique for distracting from the fit issues, don’t you agree? lol. I think the Squamingos are pretty cute after all. 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by for a read!