I love a cool mesh top for summer activities and when I do indoor exercise. This project was fast and easy to make. Here, I share my experience with a modest tee, stretch mesh pattern hack with some tips to help you be a successful seamster.


Any old T-shirt or stretch knit fabric 1/2 a yard

1 Yard of Stretch Mesh Knit

Grainline Studio’s Lark Tee Pattern or any Tee Pattern

Sewing Machine and or Serger (if you do not have a serger a regular sewing machine on zig-zag will work, a walking foot would make it even better)

Twin Needle for Finishing Hemlines


I started by finding my upper bust measurement to make sure I had complete coverage. I did this by cutting out the paper pattern and holding the front bodice piece up to my chest in front of a mirror and marking it. No measuring tape necessary!

My upper bust needs to come all the way up to the notch mark. I also need to add 1/4″ seam allowance in between the green mesh and the orange tee.

Next, I transferred that mark on my sleeve to also make the color block extend. This will make it look as if the orange and green are a complete stripe across the entire tee.


Cheater alert! I to cut the neckline and shoulder seams after color blocking the bodice pieces. I did this to be certain I had complete coverage of my upper and lower bust.

Time to start sewing.

After I color blocked my front and back pieces together I cut my shoulders, neckline and arm holes. This was really just a little extra wiggle room so that everything matched up in the end.


Once everything was color blocked I followed all of the regular pattern instructions. All hemlines and necklines were serged and then I topstitched them down with a twin needle.

My finished shirt.

Just a note – when you make clothing it looks really big when laid out flat. Here I am wearing the shirt and it has a great fit. Don’t be fooled by the wider illusion of the flat pieces.

Behind the scenes~

Saturday, February 23rd @ 2pm, we are having a free fashion show at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering, Ohio. Please come check it out.

I have been learning Procreate, a design program on the Apple iPad, for a couple weeks now and have really enjoyed making art everyday.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy McElfresh

Dream It! Sew It!


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