Like most of you out there, I'm constantly looking at patterns. I feel like I've either seen, purchased or sewn just about every pattern out there. So, I absolutely love when a blogger shares a project from a pattern I've seen a million times before and simply passed over. My happy stripe tee uses one of those patterns.
The lovable Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch made a beautiful blouse from Simplicity 1620 and I immediately went out and bought the pattern. Although Sunni's version is much more elegant than this one, this pattern is perfect for filling the cute t-shirt gap in my wardrobe. I have plenty of basic tees from Target but I wanted a couple of shirts that were not quite so basic but still really comfy for the summer.
I purchased this fabric from a store that was closing because it looked so happy it almost said "Hi" as I walked by. I made a size 12 and I changed the straight hem into a shirttail. It looks much better when I wear it with pants. Here's how I did it:
I made a mark 3" up from the hem at the side seam.
Using my French curve ruler (every sewer needs one and they are super cheap here), I made a curve from my line almost to the hem, then flipped the curve and continued the line all the way to the hem. I repeated this on the other side and got this:
Looks like it was meant to be, right?
Knits can be a little unruly when trying to put a tiny hem in them, so I serged the bottom and used that as the guide for pressing in the hem. I used a zigzag stitch to finish it off.
This entire top took less than two hours to make. It's a quick victory which we need every now and again.
Here it is tucked into my favorite skirt (not a great picture but the Santa Ana winds were in full force when I took this picture so I had to take what I could get).
I've got more clothing projects on deck but believe it or not I need to finish a DC comics "Squirrel Girl" costume for my niece first. Because every girl needs a squirrel girl costume...
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Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.