Monday, November 28, 2016

Undershirts - Hits and a Miss or Two

I mentioned a short while ago about shirt extenders - or undershirts as I like to call them.  Made from cotton jersey on top with a lace trim that hangs down beneath a top or cardi.  And I love them so I made some more . . . . want to see?


White cotton/spandex jersey with a rayon print trim.  Yep, regular fabric works just as well as lace.  I made the skirt 3" longer on most of these.


Grey cotton/spandex jersey with a brown checked fabric.  I also used some pink trim on the arm and neckline.


A 'tartan' check on grey jersey with a little bow on the neckline (shorter skirt).




Apparently this is Royal Stewart tartan.  I think that it looks very dramatic and I have matched it here with black cotton/spandex jersey and black arm and neckline trim.


Charcoal cotton/lycra jersey, charcoal lace and an organza ribbon trim.  For this version I used different lace and it frayed a bit so I edged the bottom with black organza ribbon, folded it up and sewed it to the right side.  Done.

And sometimes I add a lovely little patch on the back:


Please excuse the Merchant and Mills type photography.  The weather is pretty cold right now, and I didn't fancy lots of costume changes!  I think that you can see the details a bit better as well when the undershirts are flat.

Well - how do they look as part of garments?  Let me show you :)


Here is the Royal Stewart version with a charcoal grey McCalls 6168.  I would wear this with black Peg Legs or some Tina Givens jeans.


And it works equally well with the cardi open, a pretty necklace and a scarf.



This time a burgundy cardi and my undershirt is under a light grey linen drapey top.  Pearls and a short infinity cowl made from rayon fabric and done!


I think I will be wearing these two outfits to work next week.  I remember that Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic used to plan out a week's worth of garments including accessories (I can't find the posts now) and they were very inspirational, and such a great idea.  No pondering what to wear in the mornings.  Bonus!

So, what were the misses?  Well, with one version I used some different black lace that I think had lycra or spandex in it.


Can you see all those little threads?  I think that they are the spandex/lycra/elastane/whatever and washing and wearing had made them degenerate.  That's a shame, but I'll take this lace off and add something else so not all is lost.

Here is the other one:


It is a little hard to capture in a photograph but the neck trim doesn't lay flat (this is one of my pet peeves).  It is a matter of lovely trim, wrong application.  It looks great on the neckline of a bra, but does not have the stretch for this jersey.  Oh well.  I'll cut this off too and add a different trim and this will work too!

I'd like to think that I am 'undershirted out', but let's be realistic - that's not going to happen!

7 comments :

  1. I think these are great. No naked skin when moving around. I'll have to consider, but not sure what length of undershirt to make. I used to like body tops - where the top was lengthened and fitted between the legs. Only worked with stretch, I guess, but kept tops in place. As I'm tall I do have a problem with gapping between top and bottom.

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    1. Thanks! I used the lengthen/shorten line on my pattern and then extended it by two inches - totally arbitrary! However, I then found that worked under most of my tops as they are hip length - but they are too short for my shorter cardis, so I may have to make a few with a shorter bodice. I wanted the length to cover the essentials when I am wearing leggings or my Tina Givens jeans as they have a dropped crotch so they are quite long.

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  2. Oh wow. My head is spinning - I love these! thks for sharing such a fun garment to make and wear. I want some!

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  3. Thank-you! They are so quick and easy to make - about 3/4m of jersey fabric and less than half a meter of lace. Go on, you know you want too!!

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  4. Fantastic! You set me off making all kinds of Tina Givens clothes, but I've been trying to figure out what to wear under them, now that it's winter. Voila!! the answer. I have never had so much fun with clothes in my life, and it's all because of you!
    Thanks!!!!

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  5. That's a very cute idea! I really like the Tina Givens aesthetic too :)

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  6. What a great idea you've come up with for your TG layering. I luv how you've brought together a whole new style for yourself using her patterns as a base.

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