Take a bag of fabric scraps and a simple pattern, no small amount of time and fiddling and you’re rewarded with a pretty unique item of clothing. I’d wanted to make a tee from the different white and blue pieces of jersey in the scrapbag for ages, inspired by a tee from a Burda magazine from a couple of years ago.
I decided to make the Lark Tee, traced the 4 with slightly widened shoulders, moving to the 2 at the waist and then out to the 6 for the hip. This was to be for a friend. I started by tracing the outline of the tee from the pattern art/line drawings and playing around with placement of the different prints.
It needed to be done hand in hand with checking the actual amounts of the different fabrics, no point in deciding to do a large panel and finding out later there was only enough for a neckband! Once I decided I’d have enough of each of the pieces to do the required panels, I started blocking off the traced pattern, making sure each piece had a grainline and was labelled with the intended fabric. I also marked the top and bottom of each piece. The fronts and backs were cut separately. There were two types of blue and white stripe, a solid navy blue and a piece of navy blue with randomly placed white blocks. As each piece was cut I pinned and sewed, making a full front and back.
I’d have liked to have been able to have more of the solid blue, but as I told myself I was only using what I had this is the result. I’m pretty chuffed with it, for a pretty much free tee, can it get better? Afterall, I’ve used the narrow stripe on 3 other tees, and the solid blue on two. That pile of stuff on the right of the above photo is what was left once I’d finished cutting! Not too shabby!!
I haven’t been able to persuade my friend to show it off herself yet, so Betty will have to do. It’s a little baggy on her as she hasn’t the same shape.
Now that this has turned out so well, I’m keen to make another – but for me this time! It’ll join the sewing queue, so it might be a while before I’m showing it off! I have just finished my Morgan Jeans today, so perhaps their blog post will be ready mid September…
What’s on your sewing table for the weekend?