Monday, June 2, 2014

Mommy & Me!

I had a chance to test a pattern for my friend Jess (Gracious Threads) - the new Skylark Tank & Tee!

Such a fun little top, with a surprise at the back!

Super pattern! The pattern pieces are computer drawn and print out accurately. The photo tutorial style directions are simple to follow and contain some good tips and techniques for working with stretch fabrics. Since the testing phase, Jess has added some length to a few of the sizes - Abigail's is a tiny bit short on her.

I had a remnant of Patty Young's Heaven & Helsinki pink lattice jersey leftover from another project, and for the trim/back I used part of a ladies' tank top I found at a thrift sale. For 50¢ no less! I was able to cut the binding and back insert out of the shelf bra of the tank, leaving the main body for a shirt for me!

I drafted a pattern for myself based on a t-shirt that fits well, and then cut the top part out of the Patty Young print as a yoke and took in the sides of the original tank a bit. Simple bound neckline and banded cap sleeve edges made it super fast, and then I added a band at the bottom.

Love banded tees! They stay put nicely. Plus I'm tall, so nothing ever seems quite long enough. This one is juuuust barely, but I'm pretty happy with it.

YES! Sunshine after 4 days of rain and cloud! And I think we can safely say our two weeks of spring have arrived. Everything is green and all the trees and blooming. Hot weather coming up soon!


  1. That shirt fits you very well, and I love those prints together! Thanks again!

  2. both look really nice, Laura!