I just realized the title to this post rhymes… Oh well!
Hi Sewcialists! My name is Anya and I am the blogger behind Anna-Zoe. I hope everyone has been enjoying this month full of fantastic TnT patterns! I am thrilled to be here on Sewcialists today to share one of my TnT patterns with you.
I love using a good pattern over and over again. I am a firm believer that if something fits well and works great for me, I have got to make it more than once. In my eyes it is the ultimate compliment to the designer of the pattern. I have quite a few tried and true patterns in my arsenal. I like to make multiples of the same thing and with minor fitting modifications in each version the result is often an almost perfectly fitting pattern that I know how to make by heart. How great is that?
When I was thinking of which pattern to feature for the TNT Month on Sewscialists blog, a few patterns came to mind, but one of my latest makes won over. Lark Tee by Grainline seems like a very basic pattern. It is a simple t-shirt with neckline and sleeve length variations, it barely gets more basic than that. Yet I find this pattern to be a real workhorse that can bring my entire wardrobe together.
First off, I found the pattern to have a great fit right out of the envelope. I didn’t have to make any changes, other than my usual wide shoulder adjustment. The instructions are great and easy to follow. There are numerous opportunities for variations right there in the envelope without having to hack the pattern further. Finally, one can really create a number different looks by just using different types of knits.
For my latest version of Lark Tee, I went with a 3/4 length sleeve and crew neckline. Winter is already here in Calgary and it is only going to get colder from here on. I wanted a very simple base layer I can wear on its own or under anything else, be it a shirt, jacket or a cardigan.
I decided to slightly hack the pattern this time. I added a subtle hi-low hem to the t-shirt by taking up the front hem 2” and drawing a curved line to the side and truing it into the back hem. The resulting hemline has a very understated hi-low hem which really love.
For the fabric I picked a heavenly lightweight premium merino in black from The Fabric Store. Their merinos are just incredible. The fabric is machine washable, wears beautifully and feels amazing on the skin. It is not the first time I’ve sewn with their merino, and it most certainly will not be the last. I pre-washed my fabric to take care of any potential shrinkage, and then I sewed my new t-shirt using a serger. I hemmed the sleeves and the body of the tee using a stretch blind hem stitch on my sewing machine. The whole thing came together in under an hour. Every time I make a t-shirt I wonder why I don’t make a ton of them, they are so fast to put together!
I have been wearing this top non-stop. It must be the combination of the black colour, merino wool and blind hem. This particular Lark Tee just goes with everything from jeans and sweats to dress pants and skirts. I’ve dressed it up by adding a statement necklace and heels to my outfit, and I dressed it down by wearing it as a base layer under my plaid shirt. The tee is very lightweight, yet it is perfectly warm for Calgary winter so far.
I have a few more Larks in my sewing queue. I am planning to make a couple in exactly the same variation with the hi-low hem, and a few I will hack by adding a wider neckband. Finally I will hack a few more into sweaters a little bit later in the season.
What are your takes on repeating patterns and tried and true patterns? Which ones are your favourites?