Paisley Tee

I had to leave work early today to tend to a sick child.  The silver lining was that I got in an hour at the sewing machine, to make a t-shirt totally out of remnants.

My inspiration was the Solvo Tunic from Anthropologie.

My starting point was the Lisa Top from Stylearc.  I rounded out the V neckline.  It is a different shaped neckline to my inspiration top, but that would be easy enough to change next time.  It only occurred to me afterwards that I could have used the horizontal seam line between the two fabrics to put in an unobtrusive dart.  Next time.  I didn't notice the rolled up sleeves on the inspiration top until my daughter pointed them out, but I would not have had enough fabric to do that anyway.

Last time I used this pattern, I made it up in a cotton lycra and was disappointed with the fit of the sleeve / shoulder.  The fabric I used today was a drapey rayon knit, which is much more forgiving.  I don't usually stabilise the shoulders in my knits (in spite of all that advice...but really, in the past I haven't found it necessary), but the top photo shows the shoulder - sleeve seam slipping off my shoulders, so I guess it wouldn't have hurt this time.

Tonight I wore it with jeans, and felt comfortable wearing it....a quietly casual top that fills a gap in my wardrobe.  It does look better with blue jeans than the khaki shorts, but I was trying to show it compared to the inspiration version.


  1. Really love that top. That paisley fabric is fantastic.

  2. Looks great. Yay for using up scraps and making something cool.

  3. Love the mismatch of fabrics. I've been making a lot of scrap busting tees recently.