Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bento Tee x Two

The Bento Tee: so nice I made it twice!

The Liesl + Co Bento Tee is a boxy tee with either cuffed cut-on sleeves or dropped shoulder long sleeves and the option for interesting horizontal in-seam pockets (I am obsessed with this type of pocket after putting them in my green Lottie dress).

For my first Bento Tee, I went for the short sleeved, cuffed option with the in-seam pockets. I blatantly copied Liesl + Co's striped sample by turning my fabric vertically on the lower front and back pieces.

The fabric is striped jersey, a super soft rayon blend (I think) that I bought in Vietnam at one of the fabric markets. After washing the fabric, I realized there was a small stain on it (aaaaaarrrrrg!). But I was able to cut around it (well, I cut it so that the stain is inside the pocket). It's navy and white, but reads black unless you are right up next to it.

The in-seam pockets are quite shallow and not particularly useful (they fit neither my hand nor my cell phone), but they are cute as a design feature anyway! I thought the shirt would be a bit more cropped for some reason, but it's really just regular length on me.

Those critiques make it it sound like I'm upset about the tee, but I am definitely not. I love it! I bet it will get a ton of wear.

My second Bento was the simpler version, without the pockets:

It's definitely more cropped than the pocket version, by about 2 inches, which is good, because that's what I was going for. I wanted a cropped tee to wear with voluminous skirts and pants for those times I don't want to tuck the top in. It goes really well with my yellow Veronika circle skirt and my Winslow culottes, in particular. You can also check it out paired with my new Daisy Designer Pants here.

The fabric is lovely black rayon lycra jersey I bought locally in Bangkok- awesome stuff, thick and soft with a glorious drape. I need to go back and get more.

Let me sum up: the Bento tee is great pattern with some cute options and design details. Both versions I made will definitely be wardrobe staples for me!