The By Popular Demand fabrics are a few basic patterns in a range of colors. I’m wearing the arrows in gray. I originally planned to sew something for my boys when I requested this fabric, but when it came down to it I decided to be selfish and sew this arrow print for myself.
And I’m wearing another one of my friend’s designs in this t-shirt – my friend Dixie’s Summer Concert Tee.
After I decided I wanted to do a lace insertion technique, I started thinking about what garment I’d want to do the lace insertion on. I wanted some thing comfy and basic, and I thought of Dixie’s pattern because the shoulder/sleeve seam seemed like the perfect spot for a little lace. And I love how swingy this tshirt is.
The top is a very easy sew. I did alter the pattern a little, adding 3 inches to center front, tapering to 2 inches at the side fronts. That meant I had to add 2 inches to the back side seams too.
I also cut a longer neckband from self fabric on the bias. One of these days I’ll do a tutorial about why I prefer to cut neckbands on the bias most of the time, but for today I’ll just give the short reason, which is that I think doing that makes the neckband lay flatter.
Other than that, the only other change I made was to double the length of the sleeve cuffs, so that I could fold them up and encase the sleeve edges instead of hemming the cuff.
I do wish I had done a forward shoulder adjustment for myself so the lace would lay on my shoulder instead of behind it, but I still see this top getting a lot of wear. And I kind of like how it looks like a sort of plain top from the front and then from the side or back you see the detail.