I love the simplicity of many folkwear designs. Some time ago I came across the Shibori Dragon site that sells all manner of wonderful fabrics, notions and patterns.
As well as many other clothing and bag patterns, they have a folkwear section that may be of interest. Check out the Chinese Jacket #114 with the front opening style - T-shaped sleeves and round neck, or the Japanese field clothing #112. http://www.shiboridragon.com/Folkwear.htm They look like they could quite easily be adapted.
Is this the type of thing you are looking for?
This is the main page for the site with the links to all manner of inspirational patterns,etc. http://www.shiboridragon.com/default.htm
Hope this helps. Good luck with your search. Let us know if you find anything of interest as any new ideas are always welcome.
Iris, This is a great website. Thank you. I've looked through a lot of the designer's patterns and there are a few that might work. All seem to have shoulder seams but are simple enough and would give the same effect as a T without them. Have to go measure myself before ordering.
Thanks! I bookmarked the site and will also add it to my favorite shopping sites on my blog.
Can you not try and make a pattern from the top, use a stretch fabric. I often do this remeber to allow for seams, if this will be your first go buy some really cheap material to make up the first time. If you would like more details then please ask. Good Luck Sue
Sue, I've thought of that too. :-) My next stop would be the fabric store to find some knit fabric that has a nice drape to it. I've sewn clothing for years, but stopped about 10 years ago because of my career, so doing any sewing now requires simple construction techniques because of time. Not to mention fit. If I sew, it has to be fun, not an exercise in frustration because of fitting.
This T-top is definitely simple and I COULD create a pattern. It's quite roomy. I like that it has a lot of slots and a tie around the waist. Easy for me to add belt loops. You've got me considering this! Push me a bit! ;-)
Thanks for the extra info. I had a look at your links to the other websites and love some of those patterns too.
I agree postage costs are a problem - tends to always be a consideration for me here in Australia.
I also agree sewing has to be easy and fun these days. I spent almost 15 years making wedding gowns and sewing for other people, now it is almost a chore to be at the machine unless it is fun and quick.
Good luck with the Tee. Lets us know what you finally decide.
By the way...I love your watercolours.
Sue and Iris... Well, my work is my love! I am so blessed to have a career that pays me a living doing what I love to do! I wouldn't trade it for anything. So that's why it "gets in the way" so to speak, of sewing clothes. But not crafting! I do all kinds of crafts and needlework too. Sewing clothes has taken a back seat. But lately...don't you find, with the closer cut ready-to-wear clothes, that it's more of a challenge to find things that fit and look good and feel comfortable. That's why this particular knit top is one I fell in love with. Actually, I went back to Kohl's and bought one in another color!
Iris, thanks for the compliment. And I can certainly see what you mean about shipping to Down Under!