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|Megan Nielsen: MN2303:Briar Tee (Briar Sweater & T-Shirt) - Type:Tops |
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|About julibchickadee |
|Member since: 5/21/11 |
|Reviews written: 6|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
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|patterns reviewed: 6|
|Posted on:||3/14/13 4:08 PM |
|Last Updated:||3/17/13 4:20 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Rayon Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: "The stylish alternative to a basic t-shirt or sweater. A high scooped front hem, & low curved back hem combine to create an incredibly flattering silhouette & comfortable fit. Pattern comes with a cropped version, a full length version, two different neckline finishes, three sleeve lengths, & two different patch pockets. Opportunities for variation and personalization are endless! " (from website)|
Pattern Sizing: XS-XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I made a half sleeve variation (which is the only sleeve length that is not included in the pattern, but can easily be drafted)
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were good, but what I found to be really helpful (especially since I am such a newbie with sewing knits) were Megan's Sewalong posts for the Briar Tee over on her blog. Her posts on how to sew on the neck band/binding are especially great. I am a very visual learner, so it was really nice to see all of the photos of the steps and finishes and decide which neck band/binding method I wanted to choose for sewing my own tee. She shows photos for all three methods and finishes on her blog. I chose her favorite binding method - and I agree, the finish is very nice and sturdy! No itchy seams either.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Nothing, it was great! I loved this pattern and have already sewn it again!
Fabric Used: A rayon jersey blend from Emma One Sock. It is SO soft and silky! I've washed and worn this shirt a bunch since I made it a few weeks ago, and it seems like the fabric washes really well too.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I drafted the sleeve to be a half sleeve instead of the short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, or long sleeve variations that are included in the pattern. This is just my sleeve length preference and it was very easy to do.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I've already sewn it again and have plans to play with the pattern some more and make a maxi dress variation once it starts to warm up a bit.
Conclusion: Overall, I think that this is a great pattern! I would definitely recommend it to both beginning and more advanced seamstresses. It is very versatile and I have a few other variations in mind to sew in the future. It's really nice that several tee lengths and multiple sleeve length options are drafted and included in the pattern.
It is a bit "trendy" in style due to the high-low hem, but it can be easily modified if you would prefer a different type of hem. High-Low tees still are very "in" this season though - Anthropologie has a bunch of them on their site right now, so you will be super stylin' for mucho less dinero if you sew up your own! Plus you can pick your own favorite t-shirt colors and fabric!
This will be a pattern that I reach for again and again. It is a great basic tee pattern! It is worth noting that I usually have to lengthen most patterns by a few inches due to my long torso, but I didn't need to modify this pattern at all. I thought that this was great - but if you are petite or have a shorter torso and you don't want a longer tunic length shirt, you may have to make some adjustments to the pattern.
More info and pics in this blog post: Briar Tee blog post
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