Fall is really coming at Northern Virginia hard this year – normally we don’t see cooler temperatures until closer to October. My Fall Tee wardrobe needed a little refresh so I sewed up a new Ebony Tee and this pattern never ceases to amaze me.
The Ebony Tee from Closet Case Patterns is one of my favorite fall/winter staple patterns. I have made three versions of it before, but wanted to sew up some new versions for this fall and winter. The pattern comes with three views and a variety of options – View A is a set in sleeve dress with a jewel neckline, View B is a cropped t-shirt with set in sleeves and a scoop neckline and View C is a Raglan Sleeve Top. The set in sleeve versions has an option for long or ¾ length sleeves.
I like to make life really hard on myself and lengthened View B to a top length (instead of taking perhaps an easier route of shortening the View A version….). I did this last year when I made my first two versions so for this one I already had the pattern traced. I added 9 inches to the crop top to end up with this top length. If you do any lengthening or shortening in this pattern note that it’s a trapeze shape so it will require some minor re-drafting to get the same shape.
I think if I could wear an Ebony every day of my life I would. Heather from Closet Case Pattern’s patterns are always so functional, flattering and really transferable to any person depending on their own personal style. I’ve made so many of Heather’s patterns – Ginger Jeans, Morgan Jeans, Kelly Anorak, Kalle Shirt Dress and the Ebony Tee. I have plans to make up the Carolyn Pajamas in my future and I think I want to try to the Nettie too. So I’m a total Closet Case Patterns Fan Girl….
I just love the way the top drapes and how flowey it is. I’ve made a couple different versions in different fabrics – from sweater knits, the lightweight knits, to rayon spandex knits and all of them really have handled the pattern well. Because I love the hem so much, I didn’t mess around with hemming it as double needles and I tend not to get along very well. I did double needle topstitch the neckline which helps it lay flatter.
In this version the shoulder seam falls on me much further back than my shoulder (did that make any sense?). I am really bad with most types of adjustments, but I think some adjustment needs to be made to correct that. That being said, it’s really not too noticeable.
I recently placed an order with Sly Fox Fabrics and have been working through that fabric. I sewed up the Cocoon Cardigan last week and this week made an Ebony Tee with it. This was also a rayon spandex from them and I thought it had a really nice drape for the Ebony Tee. I love florals so obviously this pattern was totally my jam.
I was nervous about the weight of it holding up with the neckline of the Ebony but It ended up being just fine. With the rayon spandex, I didn’t want it to not be stable enough.
Ebony Tee Summary:
Size Made: 8
Version Made: Technically Version B + 9 inches with Scoop Neckline and Long Sleeves
Fabric Used: Rayon Spandex Knit from Sly Fox Fabrics
Ease of Construction: I think this would be a really great first knit project because it really does come together quickly and easily.
Fit: Good as always – might need some weird shoulder adjustment thing….
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