Do you ever get a fabric in the mail and then immediately order it in ALL the colors? That’s exactly what I did with the modal jersey’s from the shop! They’re just about the softest things I’ve ever felt and I want to fill my closest with a million modal pieces!
I picked up the brushed poly/modal jersey knit in charcoal, olive green, and soft peach to get started on my goal of creating the ultimate scrumptious t-shirt collection. I paired them with some stripe modal jersey I picked up last summer (I bought all the colors available at the time!). You can still get it in navy and tan and I highly recommend them. I made a Love Notions Classic Tee last year in the grey colorway and it was easily my most worn top through the warm weather.
These modal fabrics have similar weights and paired so well together. They have amazing drape, are lightweight without being sheer, and are easy to sew. I’ve been so impressed with how well it’s held up through wash after wash too! I’m thrilled that my original tee has been such a staple in my wardrobe and know these new pieces will be just as loved.
When picking a pattern to use with these fabrics, I immediately was drawn to the Merlo Field Tee by Sew House Seven. The color blocking details are so unique and were perfect for these coordinating fabrics. It looks great in solids but I also wanted to branch out with the stripes. There are two sleeve lengths that make this pattern great for year round. It also includes two necklines, I chose the crew neck version for both of mine.
My measurements put me in a 4 chest, 10 waist, 6 hip, and 8 bicep (my large arms are so grateful when designers add a finished sleeve circumference). Since the pattern includes a ton of finished garment measurements I decided I didn’t actually need to do very much grading. I made a straight size 6 blended to an 8 in the arm. This pattern is very oversized and loose and I’m super happy with the finished fit.
Construction was a breeze (if you don’t count the two times I had to seam rip the shoulder detail, lol!). There are notches to make sure everything lines up just right and if you do it right the first time, cough cough, it all comes together super fast! The short sleeves are finished with a band which cuts out hemming time too. I did alter my band length, cutting off two inches in height because I wanted them a bit shorter. I think ironing after each step is a must with this top. I skipped topstitching on this lightweight fabric but really wanted those seams to be crisp.
I’m a jeans and tee girl through most of the year. I’m always trying to add a little variety while still staying true to what I know gets worn. I love a great classic tee or raglan but I’m excited to have a couple of tees with a little sass.