During a wartime era of austerity in 1940, the Simplicity pattern company conducted a one-yard blouse contest. This contest was created during an era where sustainability and economical ideas were as relevant as they are today, even more. The contest was simple: create an economical yet fashionable blouse from only one-yard of fabric. The designer who met the criteria would have their pattern produced and sold as the grand prize.
Over the weekend I decided to take on the challenge and create a t-shirt using a single yard of fabric. It was a task I thought would be a lot harder than it actually was but I managed to produce a chic t-shirt that would style well all year round. Why did I decide on a t-shirt? It’s simple really, I am a tomboy at heart and although I have a love for the beauty and creativity fashion brings to the world, I am a t-shirt aficionado and just love that they are a versatile piece of clothing.
Here is my process:
I began by choosing a shirt from my closet that would serve as inspiration.
Next, I gathered the tools I would need including: a sewing machine, fabric scissors, grey cotton thread, fabric chalk, an iron and a yard stick.
I then laid out my yard of fabric, created a pattern similar to the shirt above, and cut out every piece.
I began with sewing the sleeves first…
Then the neckband.
Next, I sewed the shoulders of both the front and back of the shirt together.
I continued by sewing the sides of the shirt together to create a closed body.
After, I sewed the neckband onto the neckline.
I sewed each sleeve to the appropriate armhole.
To finish the shirt, I hemmed the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves and pressed the entire shirt.
This challenge was very rewarding because it forced me to really think outside the box, as far as fitting a pattern on a single yard of fabric and making use of every inch of that yard. I would totally take the challenge on again but maybe take on a different piece of clothing such as a blouse or a skirt! The possibilities are endless really, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to lay your pattern and getting the measurements right.