Tessuti’s Alexa T-Top
Game of ball anyone?
Melbourne’s cooler Autumn weather is now here and I’ve quickly realised that I’m lacking 3/4 or long sleeve tops for layering in my wardrobe. It therefore seemed appropriate to try Tessuti’s Alexa T-Top Pattern. As with their other patterns I’ve tried, it did not disappoint!
The drafting of this simple t-shirt is spot on and the instructions are clear with lots of colour photos. Colette also includes information on stitch options and settings on both your overlocker and sewing machine to achieve optimal results. I didn’t use a twin needles to top stitch the neckline and hems because when I tested it on a scrap of the fabric, I ended up with a mound between two stitch lines; a mound that not even a hot steam iron could tame! Instead, I used the stretch stitch on my machine (the one that looks like a lightening bolt) and although it does not look as professional as twin stitching, it certainly does the job.
Ball games with Miss A were soon halted for a spot of kissy kissy with Miss B who is also wearing a new Mummy made top.
Miss B directed her own photo shoot today insisting on photos being taken at all angles. Check out the poses… Hilarious!
Pattern: Ottobre Design – Creative Workshop 301 – The Best T-Shirts : View A, Close Fitting Design
Size: 110cm (made for a nearly 4 year old with room for growing)
Fabric: Floral – Liberty cotton/lycra from Alannah Hill Outlet (purchased at this sewers meet-up). Stripes – Hilco Campan Knit from Earthgirl Fabrics
I love the look of the foral and the stripes together, but unfortunately as the floral fabric is more structured than the stripse, so it looks like I’ve added shoulder pads! This is another good lesson for me in fabric selection. Not that the recipient cares, she declared when first seeing this top, “I going to wear this top every day”. High praise indeed!