Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

A seamly tee & some tips for sewing with light knits

Man, I am pretty much just all about filling my closet with pretty, basic, no-brainers at the moment.

Does that make boring? Probably.

But it’s so hard to care when I’m this comfy and relaxed 🙂

Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

To be honest, I guess it is pretty uninspiring, but slouchy, relaxed, good-quality tees like this (ones that don’t make me look like a total slob) are definitely clothes I need in my life right now.

I tend to hit hibernation hard and slobbing around at home feels less, well, slobby, if I’m wearing simple, well-fitting basics.

The pattern

So, I know it’s not going to set the sewing world alight. But what I’m starting to learn is that it’s deceptively hard to make really good basics. Quality basics that you’ll want to wear over and over again. Tips?

The Seamly tee is really basic and I guess you could be forgiven for thinking it looks pretty much like so many other tee patterns out there (like Deer & Doe’s plantain, or Hey June’s Union Street tee).

That’s certainly true, but it’s pretty much The. Perfect. Tee pattern.

The neckline is pretty much perfect – slightly scooped so it’s the right side of feminine but not too low. And the cut on the sleeves and the side seams is pretty much spot on – slouchy without being too baggy.

See? The perfect relaxed tee.

Though I will admit, it’s certainly not as versatile as the Union St tee pattern (which has multiple sleeve lengths and v-neck option as well). Or as free as the Plantain. But if I were investing in one perfect tee pattern I think it would be this.

Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

THe fabric

Right, we just need to talk about this fabric. This is the softest, most lush bamboo jersey. A bit temperamental to work with as it’s quite lightweight, but I think I mastered it in the end (and came out with some tips too – more on that in a bit).

I bought myself a metre of this for my birthday – cause that’s how rock n’ roll I am, buying bamboo jersey on my birthday (and also not really that much of a big spender considering it’s was all of £7)

It’s a bit shiny – which I wouldn’t expect from bamboo – but it’s pretty darn perfect apart from that. Fluid. Soft. Drape of dreams.

Tips for Sewing with light knits

So my tips for sewing with lightweight knits isn’t miles different to my tips for sewing with knits in general, which I’m sure you’ve heard a million times before (get the right needles, a walking foot is really helpful, use a rotary cutter) but I’ve found I needed to up my game with this fabric as it’s much more sensitive. Here’s some things I learned:

  • Go slow. There’s no prizes for finishing quickly, and the fabric will behave all the better if you take you time. That counts for cutting and sewing.
  • I used carbon paper when sewing the sleeves and hem. I put the paper between the feed dogs and the fabric. It’s an old trick I heard about in Italy and works in a pinch if you don’t have a walking foot.
  • Pin like mad. Usually I don’t use that many pins when I sew, but this fabric was so lightweight and slippery I went to town with pins. It helped keep things in place while I sewed (though things still slipped around quite a bit).

I guess one last tip (and maybe my biggest tip for sewing knit success) is to find yourself some good quality stuff. It’s so worth spending the time and sometimes (but not always) more cash sourcing the good stuff. Not only does it sew better, but it wears better too.

Some tips on sewing lightweight knits and a perfect fitting tee using Seamly patterns | Randomly Happy

 

How it all went

The pattern came together well and the instructions were good (though a newbie to knits may find it helpful to do some research on how to sew with knits).

I used my serger to sew the whole thing, and even though I really took my time to finish this, it came together without any stress.

I made this up in a M, though given how slouchy it is I might make it in an S next time just to get a slightly more fitted look.

It’s definitely a pattern I’ll want to make up again and again. And if they were to make this in a longer sleeved version? Well, game over. I’d be addicted.

 

 

So what about you have you been sewing knits recently? Have you sourced any cosy patterns? Or maybe you have some killer knit tips to share?

 

I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this make was kindly provided by Indiesew (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

  1. Reply
    Rachael Allison

    Hi Sarah! This is so gorgeous! I’m wearing a storebought similar to this top right now, and I love it so much I’ve really wanted to make some duplicates.

    It doesn’t look like there’s a link to the fabric…can you include that?

    Thanks so much!

  2. Reply
    Lynsey

    Super basic tee, sometimes they are the best! Fab tips, I’m just about to start knit hunting and pattern buying now it’s got much colder, I need long sleeves and to feel warm.

  3. Reply
    Lia

    It really does look perfect! I struggle with bamboo knits – I always seem to get this weird ridge along the shoulder seams? – but damn is it nice to wear.

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