Today I am joining the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns 20k Blog Tour. I am here to show you my Knot Your Average Shirt. I chose to make the sleeveless tank version in a lovely eggplant purple cotton Lycra I had in my fabric stash. You can find almost identical, much higher quality fabric at Simply By Ti Fabrics . I thought this fabric would be a great color match to my favorite Ready To Wear Cardigan and was thrilled that it did indeed match so well! That being said, it languished in my fabric stash waiting for the right shirt pattern to come along.
I wanted something that would be an easy to wear basic, but had enough detail to add that little bit of extra that takes an outfit up a notch. The knot front detail certainly did that for me. I wanted to make this pattern but every time I went to buy it I looked at that knot and thought “I’m not there yet skill wise” it wasn’t until recently when I followed along with the Knot Your Average Top and Dress Sew-a-long that I decided I could totally do it! (Really, it is easier then it looks) And it looks so dressy! I have been on the job hunt lately and wanted something I could wear through the year with various weight cardigans. I have to admit taking pictures was quite chilly and the photographer literally ran back in the house as soon as she knew she had some good photos. I wasn’t far behind to tell the truth! I do love that the snow in the background made me look less ghostly.
I agree with the pattern suggestion that you use fabric that the front and back are similar enough not to be noticeable in the knot where the front pattern pieces twist. Though I may try the Leopard Print Rayon Spandex I grabbed last year from Simply By Ti Fabrics intending to make a tank out of it. I can’t recall what the back of the fabric looks like without getting it out of my stash. I think it will work-how fabulous would that look with some nice jeans?! To bad I am not dating, that would make a great summer date night outfit. I will wear them anyways 🙂
I love how the straps are the perfect proportion for my body and hide my bra straps quite neatly, I had to include this back view to show it is indeed a full coverage back.
I forsee many more Knot Your Average Tees and maybe a dress or two in my future if I can get appropriate fabric that sing to me. There are no local fabric shops where I live that carry apparel fabrics, so it all has to be shipped in. I am curious, where do you shop for fabric online?
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