Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tessuti Mandy boat neck tee

The Tessuti Mandy boat neck tee pattern is fantastic... and it is free! It is one-size-fits-all which does actually fit me, with plenty of drape to spare. It must be huge on a smaller person.

The pattern has a drafted guide on the neckline for where to turn under and hem it. This is much easier than inserting a neckband and works very well on this casual shirt. For this version, the sweater knit is so stretchy that I added clear elastic to the neckline and the shoulder seams.

The sleeves lightly grip the upper arms and hold position perfectly so that the shoulders stay put.

I think I first saw the pattern on this blog:  She has made several cool versions!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gallery tunic

The Liesl + Co Gallery Tunic pattern is so cute.  I loved the swirly navy dress in this link and decided to imitate it with a drapey grey rayon twill from harts. Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of those dresses that looks adorable on little people, but tent/sacklike on my larger curvy figure. A belt helped out, but I'm not sure I'll be wearing it too often. Sorry, no photos of it... but...