Thursday, September 17, 2015

Seamwork Mesa T-shirt


I've been in need of a simple black t-shirt to wear with some of my louder me-made skirts (for example: my yellow Veronika). A black t-shirt that is a bit dressier, though than some of the other, slouchier t-shirts I've been making of late. I wanted it to be appropriate for wearing to work and/or out and slim enough to be tucked in without too much bulk. 
Not the most exciting make, I know, but a necessary basic. Not the easiest to photograph, either.


I thought the Mesa dress from Seamwork Magazine had a nice neckline, looked fairly slim cut and had a good not-too-short, not-too-long sleeve length, so I decided to make myself a t-shirt from it.


Size wise, I graded out one size at the waist and hips as it's pretty slim cut - in the finished measurements, it looks like the hip part has like 4 inches of negative ease (?!).

I laid the Plantain t-shirt pattern over it to estimate a good length and traced the Plantain's slightly curved hem onto the Mesa pattern. I hemmed it up 1 inch with my twin needle:


For fabric, I used some Robert Kaufman Laguna jersey in onyx from the Imagine Gnats shop (affiliate link), which is lovely stuff, albeit a teeny bit curly on the edges.


Next time I think perhaps I'll shorten the neckband a bit. I barely had to stretch it at all to fit the neckline, and, as a result, the neckline feels a bit like it'll stretch out of shape if you breathe on it too hard. 


Otherwise, I'm happy with the final result- it serves its purpose!

Also: damn, I love this skirt. Time to make more!


18 comments:

  1. Using the Mesa to make a tee is such a great idea! I need to try it :) It looks really cute with the yellow skirt!

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    1. Thanks! It worked out pretty well as a tee, I think. Love your dress versions!

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  2. It looks great! And perfect with your Veronika skirt too!

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  3. This is a very graceful and flattering shape on you, Meg! Especially with that lovely skirt. Very Grace Kelly! :)

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    1. Thanks, Inder! Ha, graceful, I am not ;-)

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  4. As I was reading the blog all I kept thinking was "I LOVE that skirt"! The top is very nice with the skirt, but I LOVE that skirt!
    Bonnie @ sewplus.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! It's the Megan Nielsen Veronika skirt- a free pattern!!

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  5. Perfect top to wear with that skirt!

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  6. Really shows off the drama of your yellow skirt. Good work.

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    1. Thanks, Louise! This skirt certainly is dramatic!

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  7. I've checked the finished measurements on the Mesa pattern and - wow - that's a lot of negative ease for something described as 'a relaxed fit' :) It does not look that tight in the pattern illustrations. So, thank you very much for mentioning it.

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    1. I agree- I was surprised at the amount of negative ease in the hip area!

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  8. A simple black tee is a staple to have...the Mesa looks good.

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    1. Yes! I have been on a little bit of a staple-making spree lately!

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  9. Its beautiful - I need to go on a mission of self sufficiency with regard to basics :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, basics are not as fun to sew as pretty dresses and the like, but are so useful to have in your closet!

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