So I’m putting together some basic tees and tops in neutral colors: white, off-white, gray, and black.
Here are the first two, each from about one yard of fabric.
Kimono-style cardigan, in a textured novelty knit (cotton blend?) from Mood
From Butterick 5394, fairly recent, but out of print.
This was a beautiful piece of fabric, but very strange.
Knits do not exactly have a grain, but I could not get the knit stitches to lie perpendicular to either selvedge. The entire piece was slanted about 20 degrees off square, so I stretched, steamed, pressed, and hung it in different configurations to try to straighten it. Finally it was straight enough to cut, and it seems to hang just fine in the finished garment. I just have to remember to wash it carefully, and it may need blocking when it dries.
Simple tee in a smocked cotton blend jersey.
McCall's 9185 from 1998.
The fabric is surprisingly soft, and the smocking makes this knit more opaque than if it was just a single layer of jersey.
Next on the list is black. I already have white dog hair all over the stack of black fabrics, just from moving them around. I will have to carry lint removers with me all the time if I wear any black!