Boatneck long sleeve tee in navy

One of my favorite tees is a hip-length black and white striped tissue tee with 3/4 sleeves and a boatneck from Loft. It’s a great fit — roomy enough to be super comfy, yet slim enough to look polished. For this project, I drafted a pattern from it and sewed it up in a nice, soft, navy knit. Process notes lengthened 3/4 sleeve by 5 in., bringing it to a full wrist length 7 in. width at wrist end of sleeve pattern neckline: neckline is constructed to include the shoulder seams right in the boatneck shaping for binding cut (2) pieces of same…

Black knit lounge pants (not quite yoga)

After sewing another Coco, I moved over to some personal sewing projects drafted from ready to wear. I have several patterns in my pattern stash from this technique. (It’s hard for me to pick a favorite Craftsy class, but Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear is so great because of the versatility of the skills learned.) There’s a lounge pant drafted from Gap yoga pants blended with a lycra Nike workout pant, a hip-length boatneck tee with 3/4 sleeves from Loft, and long sleeve scoop neck tee from Loft. I’ve had better success making garments from this type of pattern — vs. using one from the…

funnel neck detail on Coco top

Pique Coco top with funnel neck and cuffs

Between Christmas and New Year’s, I took some time off of my Oxford Dogma making to indulge in some personal sewing. On my list were: a Coco top lounge pants long sleeve boatneck tee long sleeve scoop neck tee chambray button down shirt First, my new Coco Many months ago I bought some dark blue pique knit fabric, and have been wanting to make a Coco with it. This time with the funnel neck collar, 3/4 length sleeves, and cuffs (my Pinterest inspiration). And a good length for wearing with leggings. Process notes funnel neck 3/4 sleeve with cuff lengthened 1…

boatneck tee drafted from ready to wear

Boatneck tee drafted from ready-to-wear

There’s one short-sleeve tee in my wardrobe that I depend on as my go-to tee. It’s a boatneck tee from J.Crew from several years ago with sleeves that come just above the elbow, a flattering shape, interesting overlapping shoulder construction with buttons, and the perfect color. Whenever I put it on I feel more put together yet still comfy and casual. It works with all of my pants and shorts, it’s not too thick or too thin. Sadly, it won’t last forever. Happily, I know how to draft a pattern from ready to wear. The previous patterns I’ve made from some of my favorite clothes have gone very…

Sleeveless Coco top with contrast yoke

Another Sleeveless Coco with Contrast Yoke

For this Coco, I blended two sizes to improve the fit of a sleeveless version. Size 2 was too snug in the upper torso, and size 3 was too loose in the lower torso. Pattern Coco by Tilly and the Buttons Process notes used the contrast yoke alteration, with yoke made from thrift store t-shirt blended size 3 from the base of the armscye up, and size 2 from that point down trimmed 1/2 in. off the width of the hem on each pattern piece, reducing the flared hem by 2 in. total self-fabric armscye facing Results After seeing how…