A Couple of Spring Larks

Its pretty tricky to find fun apparel knit fabrics that actually look like something you would see in a ready to wear garment so when I found these two fabrics from Fashion Fabrics club I knew I wanted to give them a try. I used the Grainline Studio Lark tee pattern. At this point I’ve used this pattern for 5 other makes: my Lark PJs/Hudson Pants combo, my speckle cap sleeved lark, a gray bamboo knit short sleeved lark and a long sleeved stripe Lark as well as a wrap cardigan.

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Both of the fabrics definitely feel like something that you would find in a ready to wear garment. They are a bit thin and I’m not really sure how they will hold up over time. The real test will be how the fabric holds up after multiple wears/washes. Because this fabric is drapier than other fabrics I’ve used in the past it does seem to fit better in the shoulders though.

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The first version is a v-neck out of this really wide striped %100 rayon jersey. The bottom stripe is dark navy which sort of gets lost when I’m wearing dark jeans. However – since I’m pear shaped I think having the dark navy at the bottom was the correct choice since there isn’t a bright giant stripe at the widest part of my body.

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My next version was a fun bright “paprika” striped knit which is 97% Rayon and 3% Lycra. I love that the stripes are uneven and that some of them are not solid lines. I would say that the fabric is a bit brighter than my usual go-to fabrics but after a dreary and cold Wisconsin winter I am searching for some additional color in my life! I made the scoop neck version for this one with the cap sleeves.

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Both of these shirts are so easy to wear – I can see myself wearing them a ton this spring! I typically don’t go for “cheap” fabrics (I got both of these on sale for $4/yard) but I couldn’t resist the fun stripes! Hopefully they will hold up over time…

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Double Gauze Scout Tee

I made the Grainline Studio Scout tee in a double gauze fabric from Imagine Gnats. I graded from a size 4 at the bust to a size 6 at the waist and a size 8 at the hips. I must have also shortened it but I can’t remember by how much.

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This was a pretty quick make. I finished all of the seams with french seams. I made bias tape from the same fabric for the neckline. Over all even though it is a fairly simple top I’m super happy with how it came out in part due to the clean finishes on the inside.

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This is meant to be a boxy shirt so I think next time I’ll use a fabric with more drape for a softer look.

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I also took this shirt on my trip over a year ago to Vietnam and Thailand. The Scout Tee is a great pattern for situations where you may need to have your shoulders covered (so many temples). I had never used double gauze before and I was hoping that this would be a super breathable top for the hot weather there. In some ways this was a great fabric because it hangs away from your body and is lightweight. However, I think the dark color was not a great choice and it does get quite wrinkly after being shoved in your backpack. If I was packing again I probably would leave this one at home.

Scout Tee With Elephants

I wore this to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand – one of my favorite things from my trip!

 

Scrappy Ogdens

The Ogden Cami by True Bias has been incredibly popular and it is easy to see why. It is a super flattering top that is pretty fast to sew up and it doesn’t use up a lot of fabric. I made my black and white diamond version out of leftover fabric from my hudson pants. Basically now if there is any project that I’ve completed with a woven pattern I’m always looking to see if I can get a Ogden Cami out of the leftover fabric. For each of these versions I’ve been able to barely cut the cami out of fabric but I don’t have enough for the partial lining. I just bought 1/4 yard of lining fabric for each version and (although sometimes its a smidge short) I’m able to fit the lining pieces on to that. The only change I made from my last version was I shortened the straps by about an inch and a half.

This version is made with leftover Liberty of London fabric that I used to make my Deer and Doe Datura blouse. The liberty fabric is quite busy so it is perfect for a tank top and I love wearing this version with a cardigan over it to break up the busy print even more.

Then I made a version out of leftover fabric from my chambray alder shirtdress. This version is such a good basic – easy to throw on with jeans and I think it will be really cute with shorts in the summer too.

For my final version (for now), I made a version out of leftover fabric from my Suki Kimono. I really loved this fabric! I know wearing a robe over jeans and a tee is pretty popular right now but I don’t think I’ll be wearing my version of the Suki that way. I’m so happy that I had just enough fabric to cut out this cami so I can wear this fabric outside of lounging around my apartment.

I’ll probably make 20 more of these in Summer. I love that this is like the “buy one get one free” feeling of getting a great deal when you are shopping but with home sewing! It feels super satisfying and like I’m getting free camis with each project!

Penny Raglan

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I made the Grainline Studio Penny Raglan out of leftover fabric from my lark tee. I love this bamboo knit and the Penny Raglan is the ultimate comfy tee shirt.

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I made a size 2 at the bust and graded out to a size 8 at the hips (totally unnecessary) and I also shortened it by 1″. If I make this again I think I’d make a straight size 0.

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This is one of the items I brought with me a year ago (yes I’m super behind on blogging) when I took a month long trip to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. It was so perfect in the hot weather especially for visiting temples in Angkor Wat where you need to have your shoulders covered. I wore this with my True Bias Hudson Pants for the ultimate temple exploring outfit.

Black Waterfall Raglan

You may have noticed this shirt from my post earlier this week on the Avery Leggings. This is the Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan made out of a rayon/lycra jersey from the imagine gnats shop.

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I loved making this shirt – it comes together pretty quickly. It is super comfortable and boxy with an added girly ruffle, which I love. It is super easy to wear and great for wearing over leggings since it is a bit longer.

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For my version I did not shorten the pattern even though that is something that I would typically do – I wanted it to be a bit longer. I love the way it came out!

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Chambray Dot Deer and Doe Melilot

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If I’m being honest, I don’t remember much about making this shirt because I finished it in April of 2017 and I didn’t take good notes. These photos are also not super recent – currently Wisconsin does not look like this outside. However, I can tell you that I absolutely love this shirt. I used the Deer and Doe Melilot pattern. I really loved working with this chambray dot fabric (so much so that I immediately made a Willow tank with the leftover fabric).

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I did shorten the shirt and I also graded up at the hips. My grading up at the hips may need to be smoothed out a bit in my next version – the angle of the waist shaping out to the hips is a little extreme now.

I’m not 100% sold on the way the sleeve cuffs flare out a bit but it looks like that is intentional. It also likely would not be so extreme in a drapier fabric. I think for my next version I would use a drapier fabric and make the long sleeve version of this pattern.

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I love this pattern and fabric combination because it feels a little bit dressier than other tops while still being casual enough to wear on a normal day. It is pretty classic with some more modern details which make me feel trendy and put together while still being a wardrobe staple which will get a lot of wear.

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I also love this curved hem detail – so fun!

 

Pink Cloud Hemlock with Side Vents

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I got this amazing cloud sweater knit from Blackbird fabrics with the intension of making a Hemlock. I wasn’t really sure when I got the fabric that it was going to be a good fit. I was worried that the color is too close to my skin tone and that the boxiness of the Hemlock would add to the unflattering nature. I then saw a someone in real life wearing a sweater in a very similar color with extreme side vents and I new that was the added touch that would keep the Hemlock interesting.

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I used the same pattern as my split hem version but I only sewed the side seams a couple of inches. When I sewed the hem I pivoted and sewed up one leg of the vent, pivoted and sewed a couple of stitches across the seam to the back, sewed down the back leg of the vent and then pivoted and sewed the back hem. It came together pretty quickly.

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I’ll likely wear it with tank tops underneath. I’m thinking that I’d wear striped tank tops for more interest or lacy tank tops like I have on here. I also could just wear it with high waisted jeans but I have yet to actually do that.

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