Sew by Pattern Pieces Ladies Fun Tee Blog Tour

I have bought many paper patterns for t shirts in the past and have yet to sew one up. I usually just buy tees because they are so cheap but then after a few wears I am reminded why I sew. The option of quality fabric, the fit, the style, the uniqueness, ….. the lists goes on.

So when Lauren from Sew by Pattern Pieces asked if I would like to join the blog tour for the Ladies Fun Tee. It finally gave me an excuse to sew up some tees using the ideas I had brewing in my head. Given that it is the festive season, it was perfect timing to introduce a couple of new tops into my wardrobe that would be practical for this time of year and beyond.

The great thing about this pattern is the endless design options. It really is great value. You can make a Fitted or Relaxed Body Shape with either Short, Long, Gathered Short or Gathered Long Sleeve combined with a Round, Scoop or V Neck… take a breath…. Not to mention it also comes in Australian sizes 6 to 26 but also has separate pattern pieces for Size A B C D DD E cups. This pattern really is perfect.

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The instructions are really thorough with details on choosing the right size, right through to tips on sewing with knits with excellent step-wise instructions with matching pictorials throughout. There is also the option of AO copy shop file or print at home with the layers option, something I really love about PDF patterns.

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Back to sewing, which is probably why you are here. My first version is a white lace tee using white combed cotton jersey (100% cotton) and stretch corded lace in chalk colour (98% nylon/2% spandex). The front is double layered with the jersey underneath and the lace on top which I treated as a single layer throughout construction. I sewed up my tee as instructed using the scoop neck with short sleeves and the fitted body, and didn’t have any issues whatsoever with understanding them or with the fit for that matter and used a narrow zig zag stitch on my sewing machine and then neatened by seams with the serger. I am most pleased however with the perfect neckband I ended up with 🙂


My white tee was perfect when paired with a dressy skirt and heels to attend my work christmas dinner. Not too formal but still classy. This tee will also be a work horse when worn with jeans and sandals throughout the summer. I think it will be a really valuable wardrobe staple for me.

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Version two of my Ladies Fun tee was to inject a bit of fun into those christmas picnics. I used some knit collection # 3 metallic in grey/silver (96% poly/4% spandex), not a very forgiving fabric but I love the bling. It can instantly elevate a casual outfit but I think will look great when paired with a dressy skirt and heels.

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I deviated from the pattern for this one a bit and used both the scoop and v-neck to create a more open neckline and consequently had to alter the neck band pattern piece to accommodate for this. This was again the short sleeve with the fitted bodice, only because christmas in Australia is in summer so short sleeves are more practical this time of year. Although I have worn it with the v-neck at the front here, I have actually worn it back to front for a different look. I’m hoping to make another version sometime and make the v-neck lower to have a statement back. Stay tuned for that!

Today we have seen amazing gift giving patterns on the market,  

which one will you grab hold of and sew for a friend or family member?
Don’t miss any of the posts on the 
(Note: the links below will not work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out the rest of their blogs anytime!)
Tour runs from Tuesday 13th- Friday 16th December 2016
Day 1 Tuesday 13th _ Lauren Wernli and Tibeca Yao
Day 2 Wednesday 14th _ Thao Luxa and Sarah Hoggett

 Day 3 Thursday 15th _ Anne-Mari Orgla and Angie Kyp

 Day 4 Friday 16th _ Nelleke van der Haar (Rounding up the Tour)

Lauren has worked in collaboration with the following pattern designers to give away some awesome patterns and you just need to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win:

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Simplicity 1425 Peplum Top… Cop Out or Copy Cat?

In my quest to finish off 2015 without any UFO’s I tried really hard to get them done. Such as this top which was actually started in December of 2014, it definitely had a lot of time to marinate. Anyway, I finished it on the 23rd of December 2015. I think I ended up with 2 UFO’s in the end for 2015 which is a vast improvement from previous years.

I remember way back I had decided to make a peplum top after purchasing a few that I found really versatile and flattering for my body type and so feminine. I was initially drawn to this Simplicity 1425 pattern (I think has now become OOP) from the model photo and really liked the combination of fabrics so ………….. I bought myself some eyelet and chiffon but in navy as to not be a complete copy cat. It really made fabric shopping quite simple really and it was one of the few instances I walked into the fabric shop with a plan, bought what I needed, and walked out again.

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I also liked this pattern because of the neckline variations and endless possibilities in a pattern is money well spent in my opinion as they cost so much here in Australia. I also liked the princess seams as it allows for a more fitted bodice with easier adjustments. My fabric is navy aruna eyelet (composition unknown) and navy 100% dance poly chiffon (100% polyester) and I chose not to underline my top as I will wear a singlet underneath anyway. I made version B but omitted the collar. For the neckline and armholes I serged the raw edges and turned up the seam allowance twice as for a narron hem and stitched to finish.

I changed the back closure as I felt the 3 required buttons would have made me self conscious and feeling too exposed and lets face the logistics of trying to button this top up on your own. I don’t think I’m just that flexible anymore. I inserted a matching navy 12 inch (30cm) invisible zipper to almost the full length of the top to make it easier to wear. Due to the eyelet fabric, I used some 25mm navy bias tape at the zip area for strength and stability, interfacing would have not looked nice and been too visible.

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Everything went pretty smoothly and I am finding with the Big 4 patterns I am often having to alter the upper back and take in 1-2 inches and taper to a normal seam allowance at the waist, which works okay if there is a centre back seam but run into trouble otherwise. I also shortened the bodice by 1 inch but left the length of the peplum portion the same.

I think the pleats on the peplum give it some body and shape and is a nice change to the circle/flounce versions. I like the look of this top best with a slim skirt on me however it would probably go well with a pair of slim (cigarette) pants or jeans. Overall I’m pleased this top was a quick, stress free sew with a good outcome.