Me Made Basic White Tee

The craziness of Me Made May always sneaks up on me, and I didn't get as much sewing in as I wanted to. I did finish a quick Social Sew project for the month though! This is a jersey version of Simplicity 1364, the rereleased Jiffy pattern. I generally wear v-neck tees, but I really like this boat neckline, slightly dropped shoulder seam, and looser shape; I think with skinny pants or tucked into a full skirt like this, it's casual and easy, but reads more retro than a regular tee would, don't you?

This is such a cute (and versatile) pattern, but I never would have thought to make it in jersey until I saw a bunch of people making it this way (sizing down & in some cases eliminating the bust darts--I just folded mine out and fudged it) in one of my facebook sewing groups. I've sung the praises of the WeSewRetro Sew & Tell group before, but (I think) I got this particular idea from Those Darn Sew & Sews. It was really easy to throw together using the lightning stitch on my new Bernina 350 & my walking foot. Have you used the lightning stitch before? It's close to a zig zag, but prettier. From the McCall's blog: "it’s like a zigzag but the stitches are angled backward and forward, so it’s narrower and produces a cleaner-looking seam."

Of course, as soon as I finished this new top and popped it on, I realized I already have basically this exact pattern made for jersey--the Liesl & Co. Maritime knit top has the same neck facing, boat neck, and dropped shoulders. I've even made it before! If you want to replicate this look and don't mind doing some hacky alterations, you really can't beat Simplicity patterns on sale for $1, but I think my next version of 1364 will be in a woven--I saw a really cute matched set of this top tucked into a pleated midi skirt in the same fabric. I'll stick with the Maritime for my knit boatneck tees going forward! Have you ever reinvented the wheel like this before? Ugh!


ps: what other sewing facebook groups do you recommend? i find they are a great place to discover new patterns.

allie J.

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1 comment:

  1. this top looks so cute on you. Perfect timing for this blog posting! I am in need of a jersey dress...thought I might go out and buy a new pattern...I think instead I will hack my Grainline Scout T (knit version) into a dress with my Tilly and the Buttons waist method. I have a narrowness that is so hard to fit and the scout t fits me already....if I try a new pattern I will have to do all that fitting work. Thanks for helping me with this post!



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