I always end up with leftover pieces of fabric after making a garment. This happens for a variety of reasons, usually it’s because the retailer (online) only sells in 1m increments, half metres if you’re lucky. Another reason is if I bought the fabric with a certain project in mind, but changed tack – or I didn’t know how much fabric I needed, so I guessed and rounded up.
I had enough of this yummy dark blue and off-white viscose jersey from Montreux Fabrics to make my first Stellan Tee. I already have a long sleeved Lark tee and a Uvita Tee from this fabric, and I love wearing it. The Stellan Tee is a free pattern from French Navy, a Cape Town based indie pattern lable. I liked the look of the pattern when it first came out and downloaded it pretty quickly, but didn’t get off the starting blocks as quickly as I’d intended!
It’s a loose fitting, boxy tee, so I sized down when choosing what to trace. I like a loose top, but am fussy about just how much fabric is flapping about. The instructions are pretty clear, and the top goes together really quickly. I skipped the back reinforcement strip because of the fabric, this stuff doesn’t lie flat easily, it likes rolling back on itself and I just don’t have the patience to deal with that and narrow strips of fabric… Sorry Sarah! Next time…
I’m happy with my new tee, and given it doesn’t need masses of fabric, I think I’ll be running up a few more. Actually, this goes well with the new dungarees!