I have always loved those oversized tees that fall off the shoulder. To me, they are 3 parts luxe and 7 parts Flashdance. I had a green striped one when I was a kid that I wore for years, but somewhere, sometime I stopped wearing them. Perhaps when fashion went from Big is Beautiful to Fit is Flattering. I have been coveting the ones that I have seen over the last few months, but still was hesitant to add them to my wardrobe. Then, last week, I borrowed Rachel Zoe's Style book from the library. She says that dark wash jeans and a drapey shirt are her uniform and I feel that I could learn a little from Rachel Zoe. So, it may not be what she had in mind, but Rachel has given me permission to make this tee.
My version is milder than others I have seen...not quite so oversized, not quite such a wide neck, but I love it...I have made 2 versions already and worn them both. The pattern is Vogue 7933 (OOP). I shortened the sleeves, as I had only purchased the length in fabric. The pattern has only 3 pieces...front, back and waistband. This fabric is still available from Tessuti. As you can imagine, this was really quick to whip up, so I got my sewing fix without my family complaining about the time spent at the sewing machine.
I bought my daughter a sewing machine today. Her birthday is not for a couple of months, but it was a great deal. She (and her brothers) are always asking me if they can sew bags, but I never want to let them on my machine, because I could not do without it for a few days if they messed it up. This one is a basic Elna, which is the same brand as mine, so I hope it takes the same bobbins and feet. She will only be 6, which may be a little young, but her Grandma bought her a toy sewing machine for Christmas which is very frustrating to use and the stitches pull straight out. I am looking forward to teaching her to sew...let's hope that it doesn't end in tears for both of us!