Monday, July 1, 2013

Tee Shirt Weekend

I know this might be a bit boring but there is a lesson here.  LOL.  Have I said lately how I love KS3801 view B?  How many of you have a couple of patterns you make over and over again?  I've made this particular pattern 10 times now in slightly different versions.  I haven't blogged about all of them, just the more notable.  I've got several long sleeve versions in a heavier cotton knit for winter.  A couple with 3/4 sleeves, and several made just as shown on the pattern.  I've made a long sleeved one with Pam's cowl neck tutorial.  I've even copied the pattern and created diagonal color blocking.  That's how versatile this pattern is.  This weekend I decided I needed some simple short sleeved tees for summer wear.  I made 3.  LOL.  Seriously, this tee takes me 2 hours from cutting out to the last touch up press to make it up.  It's very similar to some I used to purchase at Chico's.   Those tee's cost upwards of $90; especially if it had a really great graphic print.  That's a lot of green that I could have used to buy FABRIC!  I use less than 2 yards ( 1 1/2 yds if you seam the back) and at most pay $20-25 a yard for a pretty print.  Everywhere I go, people ask where I got the tee I'm wearing.  They're so disappointed when I say I made it myself.  LOL. 

They are so simple but I love them!  I just used my serger and coverstitch machines. 

You know...I used to be so afraid to sew with these slinky, thin knits, but I actually find them easier to sew with than slinky, slippery wovens.  Ain't that a hoot?  LOL.

This is a lovely ITY knit from The Cloth Merchants and I think was $12 a yard.

The fabric from this tee was from Fabric Mart and cost me all of $1.99 a yard on one of their sales.

And yes, if you look closely, the lady on the front of this tee has a martini glass in her hand.  LOL.

Two of these, the top tee in teal, and this bottom one go very nicely with the knitted sweater I shared in my last post.

This fabric was also from The Cloth Merchants and I think it was only $14 a yard.

I've purchased some really cool graphic prints from Sawyer Brook.  A little more expensive but the fabrics are usually from France and are really beautiful prints.

Onward and Upwards!  I'm tissue fitting the next pattern and hopefully will have something to share in a few days.



  1. Love your tops and isn't it great to have a go to pattern that you can whip up and know you are going to enjoy wearing.

    I have 3 patterns that I can't seem to stop making - stylearc cate top, stylearc linda pants and the TNT dress - McCalls 2401.

    If I have a wadder I will go and make one of these to make myself feel better.

  2. Hmm... I am going to have to go and check out Sawyer Brooks.

  3. Great placement of the fabric in #3 - and a super colour as well!

  4. It's nice to have a tnt for a basic t-shirt. Love your prints, especially the blue & black.

  5. It is wonderful to have a tried and true (TNT) pattern. Love those prints!