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~
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Thank you for reading,
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