When I first started thinking about the Everyday Wardrobe several weeks ago, I decided to test out my strategy with something simple. There were so many articles of clothing in my wardrobe that I really wanted to use the Everyday Wardrobe Game Plan on, but I thought I should give it a go with something classic, something I reach for all the time and never really feel all that great in because I never dress them up or take the time to make coordinating pieces that go with them - Jeans.
I don't know about you, but I do love a good pair of jeans. I have but two pairs and one of those pairs I really don't even like wearing that much because they tend to fall down (will probably get rid of these soon, come to think of it). I'm planning to make some jeans very soon, but I thought, why not start with a pair that I already have and like. Enter this pair of Gap jeans. These are basic jeans. I paid full price for them and had to alter them a bit by shortening them (I have fairly short legs) and pinching out some leg fulness. If you are interested in a tutorial, I'm happy to offer one - this is totally not hard to do.
So tell me, what goes better with a pair of jeans than a t-shirt? And what could possibly be more everyday friendly? So it was that I decided to make a Renfrew. Then I made another and I've just cut out my 3rd version. This pattern will have a very long life in my wardrobe, especially as I'll be experimenting with changing it up here and there and doing a bit of pattern drafting to achieve several different looks. I LOVE this pattern. It's fabulous! Why sew a t-shirt? I feel there are several reasons. Sewing a t-shirt gives you a great trial run with knits. Sewing a t-shirt is easy to fit because sewing with knits are very forgiving. Sewing a t-shirt is a great instant gratification project because not only does it fit, but you will wear it and you will be impressed with yourself because you made a t-shirt! You can also bang out a t-shirt in about 3 hours, from cut to finish! I highly recommend the Renfrew, but there are other great knit top patterns out there too - Kwik Sew anyone, vintage Stretch and Sew? I also recently enrolled in this rather wonderful Craftsy course taught by Meg McElwee (the Sew Liberated girl!) and she's included 5 basic knit patterns. If drafting your own is more your style, you can learn to draft a t-shirt from Cal's book Design-it-Yourself Clothes, which has really easy to follow instructions for how to do it yourself (I like easy for something like this, don't you?).