Thursday, 15 May 2014

Tessuti: Mandy Boat Tee

Sewing knit basics was part of my Me-Made-May'14 pledge and I've been really enjoying getting back to basics while learning how to sew with knits and use my overlocker. Because I've only really sewn with woven fabrics previously I don't own any knit patterns. Enter free knit patterns!

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

The Cloth Shop has a really great range of good quality knit fabrics (and it's a short walk from my house!). I bought this beautiful red and white striped jersey recently with a top in mind. In the end I decided to try out the free Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee pattern. 

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

This pattern is one size fits all. It's designed to be boxy and floaty in the torso and firm on the sleeves. I knew I'd find it just a touch too long and too boxy. I adjusted the pattern by removing 5cm from the length and 2cm from the body width front and back (this equated to 4cm front and back). The fit is still loose and boxy but I don't feel like I'm drowning in it.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

The instructions provided are incredibly detailed with clear photographs of every step. I wouldn't normally expect so much from a free pattern so it was a nice surprise to be hand held through the whole make. I followed the instructions exactly.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Mandy took approx 1.5 hours to put together as I took it quite slow. I can see myself make a few more in different stripe and colour blocked variations.  I really like the fit. The sleeves are reasonably firm, perhaps a little too firm. I'll see how it wears over the day. You can see in the photo below that I almost pattern matched the stripes. I didn't put to much effort in to this so I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

I finished the top this morning and wore it to my sister's for morning tea. She kindly took some photos while battling the crazy wind and my niece sneakingly running towards the road.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

6 comments:

  1. I like your top. You did a great job matching the stripes. I have this pattern and I can't wait to make it. I hope its a quick sew up like yours.

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    1. Thanks! It won't take you long at all!

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  2. Looks like you are doing great with your new overlocker!

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    1. Consider my life changed. Only problem is that my current stash isn't knits friendly yet. Need to go shopping this weekend. Funnily I think I'm pickier about know quality than I am about woven a quality.

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  3. You did a great job on this! Pink is definitely a good color for you. ; )

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