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Last week I made a soft, supple t-shirt from my new-found favorite textile Lyocell after having been inspired by Julia & Julie (the film) to sew more. Which brings me to this week; I am (still) quite inspired by the ubiquitous t-shirt , so much so that I continue to design more, and actually, am building a capsule collection entirely based off of the t-shirt.

This week I’ve created a tri-colored t-shirt dress- long enough to wear alone, yet looks lovely paired with opaques and it it so comfortable- the fabric is buttery soft and slightly transparent. While it may sound simple, within a classic pattern live countless pattern variations (not to mention surface design opportunities), and I find that designing within some constraint only opens up more windows of curiosity. It seems to me that this classic statement is not going anywhere, and for the time being, I am thoroughly intrigued. Is anyone else making t-shirts?

Pictured above: my tri-colored t-shirt and inspiration board for Spring/Summer 2010.


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    Sep 3, 2009, 09.06 AMby flowergirl22

    where can I get some of the fabric?? been looking averywhere,, I made a dress ina stretch fabric/lycra,, that flows nicely,, but Lyocell, looks great,,,

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    Sep 2, 2009, 12.41 PMby staticstasy

    Lyocell is so cool! I have a pair of sort of wide pants/culotte made out of it and it’s great! :)

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    Sep 2, 2009, 12.40 PMby leighr

    I’ve been taken by the urge to make myself some t-shirts lately. They’re pretty much all I wear, so I’m always looking out for more. I have a birthday dress for a niece to finish first, but they’re next on the list.

    I’m trying to come up with ways to make them look more refined, as I share clothes with my sister and she’s got a business casual dress code at her job and that way she can wear them. I’ve got a casual dress code, but it’s still nice to mix it up every once in awhile. My plan for the first one is to replicate corset-type seaming that I did on a tank top for a wedding reception in February. The tank top was jersey as well and aside from being too sheer to wear without another shirt, it worked out rather well.

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    Sep 1, 2009, 08.17 PMby wzrdreams

    oooh, I love your color/inspiration.

    I have a Lydia cut out waiting to be sewn (tonight – hopefully). It’s black cotton, with translucent horizontal stripes. I’m looking forward to sewing it, but I always face sewing knits with some anxiety since I don’t have a overlock machine. Luckily my machine has a stretch stitch, but I’d love to have really neat seam allowances.

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    Sep 1, 2009, 06.18 PMby alisondahl

    I totally understand. You can find a some of these fabrics online, this is where I’ve gotten some Lyocell (which often is sold under the brand name Tencel): Silk Road Fabrics. Also, you can try Fashion Fabrics Club. THIS website has a directory for purchasing organic fabric online as well.

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    Sep 1, 2009, 05.29 PMby erdronen

    How interesting that you’re designing a collection around t-shirts! That’s really awesome! I love your tri-color t-shirt- so cute :) I am making a t-shirt at the moment- just something simple in a cute print, yet it’s giving me so much trouble. I’m hoping to finish tonight! I totally wish I could find fun fabrics like Lyocell, Modal, etc- they are so hard to come by when you are not a designer (or living in NYC/LA). Even finding soft cotton knits is tough- mostly they are poly :(

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