Thursday, May 28, 2015

Happy Stripe Tee - Simplicity 1620

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...

What are you making?



  1. Very nice; I like how you changed the hem.

  2. Great top! Makes me want to buy the pattern now.