Sewing Those Leftovers

 

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.

 

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The Stellan Tee from French Navy Patterns

 

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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!

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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…

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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!