The idea for this little t-shirt has been slow-cooking in my imagination for quite some time… so I’m glad to finally see it come to fruition! These pictures were taken on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia on an incredibly amazing 4 day 4WD trip across the desert and over into Chile. Can I just say – San Pedro de Atacama (a little city in the desert at the top of Chile) has completely stolen my heart!
I‘ve been searching for a TNT knit tee pattern to call my own, and I think New Look 6735 is it. I love the Renfrew for its simple construction techniques (those banded sleeve and hems – which I totally stole for this tee – as if you wouldn’t!) but this pattern has a seam at the back as well as at the sides – this appears to allow the top to be better fitted, especially across the waist. I often find stretch tops to be too tight across the bust and then loose and floppy around my mid-section – this back seam allowed me to get around this in a quick and easy way!
|The stunning backdrop – a volcanic lagoon with Flamingoes|
A long while ago on Burdastyle I favourited this lace and knit tee-shirt by fellow Burdastyler loversandhaters. I loved the idea of mixing the two differently textured fabrics together, and went about trying to find something to replicate it – ending up with a black broderie anglaise and a dark grey (wool and polyamide) jersey knit.
Yup, it‘s wool from Tessuti again. Another very travel friendly top! Taking the well celebrated basic tee from New Look pattern 6735 (a great co-ordinates pattern which I originally bought for the cardigan – still to be made as I’ve yet to find the right fabric), I went about changing it to suit my purposes.
|The main Plaza in Sucre, Bolivia – a gorgeous colonial style town.|
I kept it simple by adding in an inverted triangle of the broderie anglaise to both the front and back of this tee. Just before I started to cut up this fabric, I did a bit of a house tidy-up and came across some black silk habotai scraps. On impulse I thought they’d be great to do a bit of a border linking the two (just included in the seam, ironed then topstitched down).
I finished the neckline with a self-made bias binding with some black cotton voile to match the broderie anglaise. My one little boo-boo was trying to make the sleeve cuffs a bit smaller than on the Renfrew – not such a great idea. They have the habit of rolling up because of the bulk of the seam. In future I’ll stick to the Renfrew width!
|Feeling a tad guilty that I may be standing on somebodies table salt…|
The result is a super comfy tee (I love the freedom of movement you get with a stretch top) with a bit of visual interest that takes it beyond your standard block colour knit top. I‘ m definitely going to try this modification again but with a different shaped panel of woven fabric.
|Lets make it official shall we? Im a maneater!|
Perfect to go with spending the weekend in denim. On the Bolivian Salt Flats of course. Love!
Ha, the maneater pic cracked me up! I love the silk detail. I'll keep that in mind…
Great idea. Definitely something I'll tuck away for the future. Beautiful photos, by the way.
Maneater photo = genious!!!! Well done!
Love the place, the t-shirt and the photo – that's really clever!!! You'll have to enter this pic in a photo competition – you'd definitely win. As for your t-shirt, that's a winner too!!! I love it!! Got to get me some of this fabric. Alas, only Sydney has the charcoal and I keep on forgetting to call up and order some. Will do so on Monday!!! I'm enjoying your trip.
The tshirt is great, but I'm awed by the scenery. What an amazing trip!
Gorgeous! I love this shirt! And your pictures are amazing!!
Looks great. Love the contrasting fabrics. The photos are amazing. Not sure how you manage to sew blog while you travel but keep it up.
Your travel is certainly making for fab photos! I love readking about people's favourite tshirt patterns.
Maneater – LOVE it! Great pic! Who am I kidding – great pics! And what a lovely top.
I'm very much enjoying your travel photos and tales! And your creations (but of course!)…
Maneater picture is amazing! And I love seeing all your adventures and what you wore on them! It looks like so much fun!
Hahaha!!! Maneater picture! So amazing. The pictures are wonderful and it looks like a great top!
Love how your sewing projects are travelling the world with you! Great top and idea.
Hi, just letting you know I've tagged you in a blog meme! You can find the post here: http://meganandthemachine.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/challenge-11-things.htmlMeganPS: the maneater photo is absolutely brilliant :) I love it!
Ack! That can't taste good! Haha.Very nice tee. I like that fabric combination.
Very cute top and super pictures!!
My secret – overnight long haul buses ;)