ALRIGHT! i was kind of on a roll with sewing some clothes for myself through the summer, but got sidetracked with kid sewing this fall. that’s cool, it was fun and all, but the seasons have changed and i’ve got a bunch of things i want to make myself. i started quick and easy, with this shirt.
this is one of the new Liesl + Co. patterns, the Bento Tee. i tested the kid version of this pattern (the Lunchbox Tee, which comes with culottes), and the shirt I made is actually shown in the pattern introduction post – on Miss S herself! what a thrill! anyway, Oliver + S pattern testing is a pretty sweet gig – they pay their pattern testers and offer them a pattern of their choice, so i picked the Bento Tee.
i figured it’d be the pattern i’d be most likely to sew over and over.
i made a small and scooped the neck about an inch more; for me a drapey top needs a lower neckline. i really like the amount of drape in this tee though – it skims the body but isn’t overly voluminous. also, very comfortable!
the sleeve is cuffed and cuff is folded up and then hand tacked down. the fabric i was working with was a soft and loose sweater knit and doesn’t really like to stay put, but i do love wearing it! it’s from Mill End of course. i only got a yard, or i probably would’ve made the long sleeved version for cooler weather ahead.
i used strips of lightweight fusible interfacing on the shoulder seams to stabilize them (as instructed in the pattern), and sewed the whole thing with my serger. i left my knife engaged while i sewed the neckband and probably shouldn’t have; the neckband ended up pretty narrow. i didn’t hem the shirt either. i’m only 5’4” and the length is just right for me without hemming, so if you’re taller you may want to add some length (or crop it for kicks!).
i made this top in a naptime and most of the time was spent fiddling with my fabric and matching side stripes. it’s a quick one!