I am back again with yet another new pattern from Patterns for Pirates. Most people’s first thought probably is “another tee pattern???” This is true, but it is another solid pattern to add to the rotation. Like I have said before, I am no chef, but I can follow a recipe. As much as I would love to have an extremely creative mind like a lot of you out there in sewing land, I simply work best off of a pattern. Enter the Favorite Tee (aff link). It is fitted through the bust and semi-fitted through the waist and hips which is a similar silhouette as the Slim Fit Raglan and the Women’s Henley. But Judy had me at the v neck option, as I have been loving the v neck recently. Then, she threw in FIVE different hemlines. Ummm…yes please!
For testing I sewed up a v neck, 3/4 length dress. The dress option uses a curved hemline with a slightly longer length on the back piece. I am fairly self conscious about my legs, so the little extra coverage in the back makes me very happy. For this version, I used a striped knit from Walmart. I bought this a while back with no specific project in mind. The fabric is soft and has good drape. However, the stripes look wrinkled when they hang down. For $3.00 a yard, I won’t be too picky though.
And yes, this is ironed. I am not quite sure how to fix it or if I am just going to have to deal with it.
I am very pleased with how this neckline turned out. Recently I have had much better luck with getting my v necks to attach evenly when compared to a rounded neckline. This neckline cuts a little bit lower than what I normally wear, but I found it to be flattering. I definitely need to sew up a Cross my Heart Cami with the crossing straps in a solid color to wear with some new Favrotie Tees.
As you can see, I get a little pooling of fabric in my low back area due to my body shape. I will be able to modify the pattern in the future using a swayback adjustment to minimize the pooling, but for testing purposes the dress is sewn up as is (with grading allowed to correspond with your measurements and any height adjustments needed). I need to do some more research for tutorials focusing on a sway back adjustment for knits.
The dress hemline is perfect for me as I don’t like to show a lot of leg. The curved hem allows for a pop of skin with covering some of my problem areas. The 1/2 inch hem used in the curve I found to be much easier to sew an even hem than the 1 inch hem used in other P4P patterns. Overall, the dress is very easy to wear, and my three year old son kept telling me how pretty I looked in the dress. Count it as a win in my book!
Next, I wanted to sew a short sleeved version to wear both this spring and summer. I purchased this colorful rayon spandex jersey from LA Finch Fabrics (not affiliate) about 2-3 months ago. I seriously could not stop petting it once it came in. It is the perfect weight for a dress and an excellent quality. I chose the scoop neck for this dress to change things up, and I thought the scoop would look better with the ikat pattern.
Maybe I had some good confidence going after the first dress and also nailed this neckband. I went with a simple necklace, but the scoop neck allows for a great statement necklace to be worn.
Again the length of the dress is great for our upcoming weather here in Tennessee.
I might also use this as a cover up for a pool party.
On a cool day while on vacation recently, I styled it with DBP leggings to add some warmth.
Since I left for vacation towards the end of testing, I did not get to sew up any additional versions, but I will definitely be trying both the knotted hem and the split hem as soon as I have a chance.
The pattern will be on sale until Sunday, April 16th at midnight CST. Don’t forget to grab your copy to finish out your spring wardrobe.
Until next time….sewing and sipping,
**I received the pattern for free as a part of testing. All opinions are my own.