We've been talking lots in our video chats about sewing clothes. My family is about to dive into a massive financial decision (all good, which is a nice change!), and the resulting tightening of our belts is super motivating, and it's got me wanting to finally commit to making a good chunk of my wardrobe moving forward.
It's a bit fraught for the following reasons:
I have a lot to learn. Which is only an issue because I need to put in a lot of terrible sewing before I gain the competence to be the kind of sewer/ist I want to be – which is a proficient one who can sit down and make some clothes and that's that. I'm going to tackle this challenge by thrifting some bedsheets, I think, and making myself a Sound-of-Music-esque wardrobe to cut my teeth on. This one's a challenge both because I want to spend as little as possible as I make very imperfect clothes and because I get impatient and sewing doesn't make a ton of sense to me at this point, so I'm slooooow.
I wear mostly knits, full stop. I don't have a serger and at this point don't feel the expense is warranted. In this vein, I both want to get good-enough at sewing knits on my regular machine, and to find patterns designed for woven fabrics that I find comfortable and that won't feel like wearing a tent. That latter bit is because I have no desire to wear fitted or very tailored shirts. Both for expediency and because I don't actually wear those in real life. No collars, bust and waist darts, etc. So for woven tops, that means largely unfitted, which means I need to find good options that don't look or feel like I'm wearing a tent hanging from my shoulders.
I've gained weight in the last year and I hate wearing clothes right now. I want to feel comfortable and not shapeless, etc. etc., and see #2 about tent shapes. I'm comfortable melding sizes so the bottom hem of a top is wider than the size I've chosen by bust measurement, and even if/when I lose the weight, my hips will always always be a full size larger than my bust/waist. So this I can do, at least, and it's related to the tent situation except instead of being entirely practical it's also mixed in with shame and self-consciousness.
To sum up: I'd like to get super proficient at making, like, two or three tops I could whip up quickly in a weekend afternoon. For someone who happily wears a t-shirt every day, I don't actually need variety of shapes in my life. These two or three tops may be best sewn from woven fabrics, but I would also like a go-to pattern for knits.
I'm thinking of one (or both?) of these patterns, and I'd love your take on which (or both or neither) would fit this bill, and if you have experience with other patterns that would work for my needs?
To be clear, I've done some sewing. I know my way around my machine, and I have a solid foundation in garment shapes, etc., from my work in yarn. But I don't have an intuitive feel for making clothes out of cut pieces (vs. row after row as done in yarn), and I'm impatient so have little space in my life for fiddly details. I don't care if the inside of a shirt is messy as long as it's not uncomfortable. Even a detail like a split hem is a detail too many. Maybe down the line, once I master this stage in my sewing, I'll want to add in those kinds of features, but for now they're deal-breakers.
What do you think, oh sewing masters? And thank you in advance!