I have been experimenting a lot with different fabrics and prints lately, but I also know my personal style and there is nothing I enjoy wearing more than a simple striped top. I was originally going to make this fabric into a long sleeved Lark tee, but I opted to try the Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti patterns because of the looser fit.
The Mandy Boat tee is a very simple one-size-fits-all (or at least some) ¾ length sleeve knit top. The pattern is free, which is awesome, and is very easy to assemble. I usually cut a size 14-16 for my tops and this shirt is still very loose fitting on me. It was exactly what I had hoped and I have already worn it several times.
I sewed the entire thing with a zig-zag stitch, no serging required in order to make this pattern! If you are new to knits, this would be an excellent place to start. The fabric is a stretch jersey from Style Maker Fabrics, it is very soft and has great recovery (the amount the fabric bounces back after you stretch it is the recovery). I tried to line up the stripes as best I could, but the thinner the stripe, the harder it is! From a reasonable distance it looks good, but up close I can see where they are all slightly off…sigh. Better luck next time 🙂
Side note, how cute is this necklace?! Since I haven’t quite got the funds (or space) for a full dress form yet, this one will have to do!
I would definitely make this pattern again, as is. It is perfect paired with jeans or leggings for a casual weekend look. Have you made the Mandy Boat Tee? What did you think?
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