T-shirts, the backbone of most wardrobes. I’ve run up another few for my Autumn wardrobe. I had a couple of pieces of fabric from Closs & Hamblin in Winchester, I’d bought them at the beginning of August and didn’t want them to end up in the stash. I also had some bits in the stash, let’s be honest! Some are small bits that would have to be combined in some way, but one was big enough to fly solo.
So when you have tees to make, what pattern do you use? I decided to use the Uvita Top from Itch to Stitch for a couple of 3/4 length sleeve tops. I had bought a metre and a bit of grey marl viscose jersey from the Winchester fabric shop, and this was the first piece to get the chop! It’s lovely and soft and has a beautiful drape. I like the Uvita, it’s quick to make and I like how it feels on.
The second Uvita is made using a different kind of jersey. I had some polyester ponte that I’d bought last year from Fabworks and used a bit to make a Sewaholic Fraser for Daughter no 2. I couldn’t decide what to do with the rest of it at the time, so into the stash it went. Now it’s the right time to get it made up. It’s interesting to see how different the tops are in the different fabric, I like it!
The ponte has way less drape and stretch than the viscose jersey, it feels more fitted than the others. I like the pattern, from a distance it almost looks like a grey marl, it has great visual texture. Because I was worried that the fabric would irritate my skin, I didn’t cut the neckband from the same stuff. I used a bit of plain black ponte left over from another project.
I know it’s probably a bit late to be making short sleeved tees now at the end of August, but in my defense, I had intended to make this immediately after I bought the fabric at the beginning of the month. Anyway, a white tee can’t go that wrong, can it? For this I used the Lark V-neck tee.
The fabric is a cotton jersey, so no drape and it’s quite crisp. I should probably have picked a straighter tee, the Birgitte from Maria Denmark would probably have worked better. This does tend to stand away from me when I wear it! But I’ve only worn it once, and it has time to soften… I’m really chuffed with the neckband, the instructions are the best for getting a sharp point.
If you’re looking for some snuggly fabrics for Winter or Autumn tees/sweaters, Closs and Hamblin have really nice anti-pill polar fleece at good prices. I may just have
bought persuaded the other half (when in Winchester on a business meeting) to buy me a couple of metres to make more Toaster Sweaters for the girls…