As I prepared for the Tilton Sisters new Craftsy Class, The Artful T-Shirt, I made a series of tunic/top/t-shirts for myself using Vogue 9057, the pattern we used as the basic for all our class projects. Detailed instructions for neck, sleeve, cuff and design ideas are contained in the online class itself. Here is a closer look at the garments.
Uses 4 different knit fabrics in black, gray and ivory. The neck band is a single layer and uses the roll at the selvedge edge as a neck finish.
Is a light weight gray/lavender jersey stripe cut on the crossgrain with lace sleeves and mesh knit twisted band neck. I ran short of fabric at the back hem, so the lace adds a bit of extra length while tying the garment together. Love these happy accidents.
Is made from one mesh knit, using a double layer in the body with a fold at the hem, single layer sleeves and a super easy self double layer neckband.
4 & 5
This version used the angle tunic made in 2 separate pieces designed to be worn together. The top is a gray/black graffiti print rayon/lycra jersey and a sheer/opaque stripe is used for the sleeve is cut on the bias and used cross grain for the neckband. The under tunic is a single layer of mesh point d'esprit, bound neck and armholes while the hem has a raw edge, simply trimmed with a rotary cutter.
Is made from a hand painted ivory bamboo/lycra jersey. I painted the fabric one summer day when Diane Ericson came for a visit. She brought her fabric painting kit, and we laid the fabric out on the lawn and splashed paint, used brushes tied to long floppy sticks. The process was big fun and I love the results. The sleeves are two different rayon/bamboo/lycra knits. I am always rolling up my sleeves, which can be worn long with a narrow bound edge or rolled up which shows a wider faced cuff.
Yes, you can cut knits on the bias...see the video tutorial below. This top uses a cotton knit, body cut on the bias, sleeves cut on the lengthwise grain, and one leftover sleeve in the Venetian Panel print from another garment. I often will cut different sets of sleeves in various fabrics and audition them to see what works best, and both sleeves do not have to be the same!