I have included two different patterns in this post today because I think they are quite similar and the pattern comparison might be interesting. (A full rundown on the two is coming shortly). The Megan Nielson Briar is June’s project sew my style pattern and I just felt like I needed another Molly after making it! (See my previous versions here)
Lets look at the Briar first. This pattern has a cropped and full length version, and various sleeve lengths. It also provides pattern pieces for both a neckline binding and a neck band. I chose the longer length, short sleeves and decided to try out a neck binding for the first time. The pattern is designed to be loose and swingy so I went with the smallest size.
It all came together pretty well. The pattern is well drafted and the instructions are very clear. There are notches in the right place that all match up as they should. My fabric did not make this the easiest of makes- it is a Girl Charlee cotton-rayon blend so it is drapey and light. The stripes are actually wavy, not straight, so I decided not to worry too much about pattern matching. Interestingly, despite the stripes having a wave, on one side seam they match almost perfectly. They do also match at a couple of points on the other side, but not so well. My only pattern placement decision was to put the cream stripe low down, rather than over my bra so that it wouldn’t be so see through!
Now that it is all sewn up, I like the length at the front, but I wonder if it is a bit too long at the back. This pattern has quite an exaggerated high-low hemline. I’m sure this will get worn quite a bit if the weather ever warms up again though!
I had planned on making a white Briar to go with my Califaye Pocket Skirt, but I was not quite so sure about the long dipped hem tucked into a skirt. I do like the optional pockets that come with the Briar top though and decided to use them on a tried and tested favourite t-shirt pattern- the Sew Over It Molly Top. I thought the more subtle dipped front and back hem might be more versatile. It is also really quick to sew, with only three pieces if you go for short sleeves.
This fabric is also a Girl Charlee blend, this time cotton, rayon and modal, and it is heavenly to touch! It cut and sewed beautifully and I am so glad I bought a couple of metres because I want all my t-shirts to feel this soft!
I was feeling a little lazy when it came to hemming this t-shirt, and so I experimented with using my overlocker’s narrow rolled hem on jersey. It isn’t perfect, but seems to have turned out fine, and if at some point in the future I get fed up of it, I can always turn it up later.
I’m happy with how this has come out, and there is not really much more to say about a top that I have made many times before! I’m sure there will be more…