I think when I started this journey I didn’t realize how many t-shirt patterns have a dress option as well! It’s been really fun as I’ve been making the t-shirts to also make the dress version. I do think that just because the dress version is perfect, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the t-shirt version is or vis versa. My initial goal in this series was to find the perfect everyday staple t-shirt – you know the one you wear with shorts every day during the summer? While some of these aren’t that – including this t-shirt – this will also be a wardrobe staple.
The Molly Tee and Dress are from the Sew Over It City Break Capsule Wardrobe ebook. When the ebook came out, I tried to make the tee, but I had no idea what I was doing, so I gave up. But this time, I had no issue – and so excited to be sharing the dress and the tee today.
Both the top and the dress are such quick sews – with the dolman sleeve, it’s a really easy sleeve installation and a few seams later and you’re all set! I’ve found myself in #MeMadeMay2017 making these at night to wear to work the next day. I’ve now made three! It also had the option to leave off the sleeve extension for a short sleeve version as well.
I felt that the dress was a really nice work option – and is fitted in all the right spots. The sleeves are on the tighter side, but I think in the fabric I chose, it’s not really noticeable. For me, it’s the right length although if you prefer a longer dress than I do, you might want to consider adding some length to it.
On both the dress and the tee, I like the neckline a lot! It’s halfway between a crew neck and a boat neck, which I think is a very flattering neckline silhouette. The top has a curved hem while the dress has a straight hem – and I like both hems.
For the dress, I used a texture double knit in a plaid from Style Maker Fabrics that I bought in December that is now out of stock. For the shirt, I used a solid navy Liverpool knit from LA Finch Fabrics. Both fabrics are very structured and I think for my next one, I would want to try a more drapey knit for the tee to see what that looks like as well.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, the tee is not my “perfect everyday t-shirt” but it’s a fun addition to my wardrobe. I think I’ll end up making more of the dress than the tee. While the dress I think looks dressy, the tee felt a little bit more casual.
So here are the usual stats:
Size Chosen: I sewed up the 10 which has measurements of 35, 28, 38 and my measurements are 36, 29, 39.
The Variations Offered: The only variations included are a dress and a top. You can make it short sleeve or long sleeve but that’s it.
Ease of Construction: Easy! I used my sewing machine to sew all of the top and it came together really quickly.
The Fit: I love the fit of both the dress and the shirt. I do think I will lean towards the dress though!
This is post 5 of a series of my search for the perfect t-shirt, if you’ve missed the other posts make sure to check out the intro post and the Plantain Tee here, the second post in my series the Sunny Dress here, the third post in my series the Seamly Basic Tee here, and the fourth post in my series the Panama Tee here.
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