All About the Tees – Part 4

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.

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Uvita Top fromItch to Stitch

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Just look at that fabulous neckband!

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Worn with my grey and black stripe Saunio cardi and rust coloured cropped trousers

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…

It’s all about the Tees – Part I

When summer comes calling, I love wearing my t-shirts, easy to pull on, easy to wear, it’s a no-brainer, really.  When Montreux Fabrics announced on Instagram that they had a very short 50% discount off all jersey deal, I had to get some, despite having bought a decent amount of fabric at the NEC in March, some of it from them! I also had a stripe binge on, I love stripes!  And blue.  Especially in the summer, when my wardrobe staple colour of shades of greys turns to shades of blues.  Once washed, dried and ironed, they languished for a bit while I finished up other projects – and tried to decide which patterns to use.

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I have a couple of patterns I’ve bought for tees, and my own block.  The fit on the Birgitte Basic tee is hard to beat, for me, anyway.  I followed Maria’s instructions for the FBA and have ended up with a tee pattern that’s pretty darned good.  So I decided two of the pieces would be Birgittes, one V-neck and one scoop.  A couple of years ago I raised that scoop neck when I made some contrast colour tees, I like the height of that new scoop, especially if I’m going to be on the allotment, bending over…

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I started with the V-neck, using a blue and white random stripe fabric – no pattern matching required!!  Composition is Micro Modal and Elastene, it feels nice and cool to the touch.  As all my adjustments were already done, all I needed to do was cut and sew!  In hindsight, I should have payed a little more attention to exactly where all those stripes were going, but it’s too late now!

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Birgitte Basic Tee from Maria Denmark

The second tee, scoop neck version was made using a navy blue and white stripe, which also comes in a red/pink.  The fibre content is Viscose and elastane, and it’s another lovely fabric, lighter than the first.  This time all stripes were pinned, I pinned the fabric together before cutting out, checked the stripes going across and lined up a white stripe at the underarm on the front, back and armhole pieces so it would all line up.  I even pinned every second stripe (front and back) together and basted with the sewing machine before heading to the overlocker!  Those suckers were NOT going to move…

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And it worked!  I always pin and then sewing machine baste the neckbands on t-shirts, I don’t trust myself enough with the overlocker to ensure everything is straight all the time, it’s much easier to maintain seam allowance width on the sewiing machine!  So I stitch with the machine, then overlock.  I use a 4mm twin needle for topstitching the neckbands, it looks better than the narrower one.  I have a 2.5mm twin needle that’s used for hems.

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Scoop Neck version of Birgitte Basic Tee from Maria Denmark

All in all, a very successful pair of tees to wear this summer (and for the forseeable future).  I managed another three tees, using different patterns, all new to me.  Stay tuned to see them and find out how I got on!

ps:  The links are just there for you to find what I used, no money has or will change hands!  Or fabric…