To make a long story (not even that) short, this t-shirt is an excellent example of what happens when I:
- Decide to use a 65cm long, 1.5m wide piece of fabric to make a ¾ or long sleeved t-shirt. People, this doesn’t fit unless you are a child or possibly when you wore a size XS pre vanity sizing. Why I didn’t simply make a short sleeved t-shirt with this fabric? I’m not sure.
- Leave the left-over fabric of my previous t-shirt in the vicinity of my cutting mat after completing said t-shirt.
- Decide to make ¾ length sleeves because that length could be cut out of the striped fabric.
- Don’t want a sleeve that is just stripes because that might look weird.
- Think it would be cool to have a strip of stripes down the length of one of the sleeves, preferably the left (guess where it ended up…)
- Piece a strip of striped fabric in between 2 pieces of purple fabric to create a new piece of fabric to cut out the second sleeve.
- Realise I must have made a calculation mistake because the new piece of fabric that I created is too narrow after a certain point to cut out the sleeve (the purple fabric was slightly weirdly shaped at the sides due to other pattern pieces having been cut around it).
- Decide to make short sleeves instead.
- After cutting the sleeve realise I still have some purple fabric left that is wide enough to be added at the bottom of the sleeve!
- Realise it is too short to convert the short sleeve to a ¾ length sleeve.
- Wish I hadn’t already cut the short sleeve.
- Attach the piece of purple fabric anyway.
- Attach more stripes at the bottom of the sleeve to make it ¾ length.
- Start construction of the t-shirt.
- Use the striped fabric for the neckband so the stripes on the sleeve won’t feel lonely.
- Put it on and feel relieved it’s wearable.
What do you think? Is improvisational piecing going to be the next big thing or should I instead make sure to buy enough fabric for future projects?