I made this Lark Tee waaaaaay back in November, and I've worn it a ton. The print goes with absolutely everything I own, winter shoes, summer shoes, jackets, bulky sweaters, skimpy cardis, pants, and now this skirt. I love this t-shirt so much, I'm rationing its wear so as not to wear it out. (anyone else do that?)
PATTERN: Lark Tee from Grainline Studio. This is the boat neck with 3/4 sleeves. When I bought this pattern I didn't realize how many options came with it. There are 4 sleeve lengths (cap, short, 3/4, long), and 4 necklines (crew, scoop, boat, v). It's drafted with 4 different front pattern pieces, and 3 different back pieces to accommodate all those necklines. In my mind that is an indicator of thoughtful drafting. Plus, I like the fit. The Lark is pretty long, and I might cut a couple inches off of the bottom of this version. In a more stable knit, the length would be great for wearing with skinny pants, but it's a bit floppy looking in this very fragile rayon jersey, but...I'm getting ahead of myself.
FABRIC: Stretch Rayon Jersey from Fabric.com. It's no longer available but you can check out the specs. to get the idea of the fiber content and drape. It's gorgeous when draped over the body, but a serious hassle to work with. It has very little structural integrity, and as stated above works best for short spans. In the photo below the hemming may look a little sloppy, it's nothing compared to how sloppy it looks in real life. Hot friggin' mess! Cover stitch machine has been added to my someday-list. Unfortunately, someday is not today.
I originally envisioned this top with a shorter, blacker version of my self drafted gathered skirt, but then the holidays hit and the skirt fabric languished in the to-make pile. I love this silhouette (I think my sewing gallery will back me up on this), it works for my body and when sewn as separates is very easy to wear. This one is made with black rayon challis. The drapey fabric feels a bit like lingerie you can wear out of the house, buttery and flowy. I am a committed cotton sewist so this fabric was a bit frustrating, highlighting the fact that I need to branch out lest I stop learning anything new.
PATTERN: Self Drafted (made previously here). A simple gathered skirt is no great triumph, but it is fun to start with nothing, and end with a skirt.
FABRIC: Rayon Challis from Fabric.com. Also out of stock at present. Sorry kids, I guess that's what happens when you let your stash languish. Learn from this cautionary tale.
I've been on a blue streak lately (as in, for the past 15 years). Brace yourselves, I feel a black phase coming on... #blackisthenewchambray
Kitty cat photo bomb as promised.
Top Pattern: Lark Tee by Grainline Studio
Top Fabric: Rayon Jersey from Fabric.com
Skirt Pattern: Self Drafted
Skirt Fabric: Black Rayon Challis from Fabric.com
Heart on the wall: Wheat Weaving Wall Hanging from Land of Plenty (my mom!)