August 10, 2014

Sew: Tessuti Brigitte Tee in Jaywalk

More Jaywalk!! Don't worry it's almost finished. Almost.

Just as I was cutting out my Mandy Boat Tee, Tessuti released their new Brigitte Top pattern. I realised I could sneak the Brigitte Top out of the side of the Mandy Boat Tee. I now have only one small piece of Jaywalk left. I think what I love most about the Jaywalk fabric is that the black and ecru stripes aren't as harsh as black and white stripes. The combination is much easier to style and wear.

Now back to the pattern. Seriously, I think Tessuti designs patterns just for me (oh, and the rest of you can use them too!). Each one I've tried is perfect on me. They match my style and personality and most of all, my favourite fabric choices. Thanks Tessuti! Love your work.

The Brigitte Top is described by Tessuti as "a fitted, classic boat neck (bateau) top with set-in sleeves. The pattern includes four alternate sleeve length options - cap, elbow, three-quarter and full length. Suitable fabrics include stretch jersey or light weight ponti." My perfect top pattern. Simple yet stylish.

It all came together smoothly and quickly, especially after making the Mandy Boat Tee which has a similar neckline finish. I made it exactly as per the pattern with no alterations and it only took an hour or two.

My only issue with this top is that I have to wear it backwards for the neck to sit properly. I swear I made it properly but I can't be sure. The front and back necklines are almost identical. It would be wise to mark your front and back during cutting out because once you've serged the armhole notches off there is no way of telling which is front or back. If I put it on the way I think is right the shoulder seams sit too far back and the front neckline is too high.

So I wear it backwards, which could be forwards!! Anyway it works for me. I'll just have to make another to test it out again... I have the ecru and white stripe Jaywalk ready for the next version.

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Brigitte Top, size XL, three-quarter sleeves
Fabric: Black/natural viscose/elastane jersey knit "Jaywalk" from Tessuti Fabrics
See Also: Baste + Gather

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  1. I love it! I can't get enough stripes personally. I hate those shirts where you can't tell the back from the front, but I wouldn't worry too much as only you will ever know. It looks great! And I love the Jaywalk, by the way.

  2. A great wardrobe basic. I still have lots of Jaywalk left. Lucky me!

  3. Thanks Anna! I started with 7.5m of this colour and I've got 4 items out of it so far. 2 dresses and 2 tops. I wear them all a lot. I still have enough for a knit skirt plus 1.5m of the white version. What are your plans for it??

  4. Thanks Heather! Stripes are the best.

  5. I have the exact same problem with by Mandy tee! Nice to know I'm not the only one wearing my tops backwards. But what are we doing wrong?

  6. I think I will made another Lola Dress (my pattern hack of Tessuti's Lola Tee) as my first navy and beige one has rubbed (boo hoo). I tired on Lara's New Look 6071 recently, so that's another option. I like having options!

  7. I love your stripey boat neck tee, worn backwards or forwards! What does it matter as long as it's comfy? And your posture in the second last pic makes me laugh - you look well sick of having photos taken!


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