Slouchy woven tee

ADA SPRAGG // DIY slouchy summer tee

Sorry to go all MIA on you like that but I’ve been struck down by some serious adult sewing inspiration. So if  no-one objects, the kid stuff can take a back seat while I indulge in a little, okay a lottle, sewing for moi. And if you’re a mum who decides to make something for yourself, I believe the term is ‘sewing’, not ‘selfish-sewing’ in case there’s any confusion. If you’d asked me a couple of years ago whether I thought it possible to sew a closet that could rival anything store bought I would have been dubious. It’s a wild challenge but since last year’s ‘New clothes free year’ wandering around shopping centers as a recreational activity has lost all appeal. Except to get inspiration for sewing. The happy side effect of this quest for hand-made fantasticness, is that one piece at a time I’m becoming quite the capable sewer. I don’t say this to put anyone off or to blow my own bugel, but in the hopes of inspiring any would-be sewers tinkering on the edge to jump right in. Sewing is just so learn-able.

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I swear I’m not intending every post to begin with a sewing d & m lately but I can’t help it. I’m just so completely-utterly-can’t-sleep-inspired! So here’s what you can expect to see in this space over the next little while: a slouchy woven top, a maxi with a difference, a stretchy pencil, something with a peplum and definitely some printed leggings. Okay, enough cryptics, please refer to primitive sketches below. The dude on the left is not part of the plan. My sketchbook has become communal by the looks of things.

b & wWell, sometime around Feb I had great plans for a winter wardrobe. Sometime around June they all went out the window as I got caught up in the northern hemisphere spring sewer buzz. Apart from the fact we hardly have winter, I wasn’t feeling it about the things I had planned to sew and if there’s one thing I’m learning is that sewing time is too precious to make anything you’re half-assed about. Instead I’ve been gathering inspiration from Pinterest and all the amazing sewing around blogland for these pieces that are hopefully multi-seasonal but some just plain fun. First up, a slouchy woven tee….
Ada Spragg // DIY Slouchy Woven Tee
…made from….
Ada Spragg
That’s right, a $4 piece of thrift store woven, semi-knit, mesh-y synthetic stripe fabric from another era. I don’t really know what it is. But I bought it with no pattern in mind, just summer. It doesn’t iron at all, would probably melt, but turned out to be a perfect match for this pattern that has no facings to press.
Ada Spragg // DIY Slouchy Woven Tee

And this pattern: Simplicity 6025 + Wiksten tank. Yes, you read correctly. I’ve been pining for slouchy tees, pinning them into my sewing inspiration pinterest board and longing to re-create one. I came across this pattern with version B and knew I’d want to change the length from tunic to tee and give it a softer looking hem. I used the Wiksten tank pattern to make the new hemline and traced it straight onto the simplicity pattern. I also added an extra inch of length, since I’d actually like my Wiksten tank to sit an inch or so lower. The widths of the two tanks matched exactly which made it a real no-brainer alteration to make, if you’re interested in giving it a go.

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Sizing: I cut the 8 based on a 34 bust measurement and a finished garment bust measurement of 38 (quite slouchy), so I can only assume the sizing must be quite different between simplicity and Vogue patterns, in which I make something around a 12 based on bust. Anyone else had strange sizing experiences? To accommodate long arms I cut the sleeves at the length of the size 10, and could have even gone longer.
Mods: The pattern calls for the neckline to be finished with binding made from the same fabric but because of the no-pressing issue I used bias binding instead, which worked superbly. I used the bias again to hem the shirt but finished the sleeves with a regular hem because I thought you would be able to see the bias binding the way the sleeve sits when finished. It wouldn’t press at all so I rolled it over twice, pinned then stitched. It got a little stretched along the way but because of the way the sleeve is held up it’s not noticeable.

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Make again? I love this top and would be interested to see how it looks in a fabric with less body and more drape. I’d also think about cuffing the sleeves. I’ve just bunched them under the strap here rather than roll them over once like you’re supposed to, because I didn’t like the look of seeing the sleeve seams on the outside.

Forecast…sew storm!

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  • robinwrote:

    Cute top! And you are right, sewing for yourself is definitely NOT selfish sewing! Can’t wait to see what you make next. 🙂

  • anu*mikiwrote:

    Nice top! I just started sewing for myself more too as the closet of the kids are becoming quite full.

  • Iliska Dreamswrote:

    Love that you sew/recycle at the same time!

  • Jenniferwrote:

    Love it. What a great switch out from the bottom of the Simplicity. I love thrifted fabric. My stash is growing, but I need to start using it.

  • poppykettlewrote:

    So right – sewing is SO learnable. And I have almost lost interest entirely in shopping since starting. Although I have trotted off to the shops since with my only intention to get ideas on what I might like to sew! Colours and textures too. You do delightfully the slouchy tee. Comfort AND good looks? Only you pull it off so well!

  • gingermakeswrote:

    Really, really cute! This is so fashionable and unique– sure beats whatever crap you could find at the mall! Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiration come to life!

  • smunchwrote:

    This is great! I love this top and I can’t wait to see what else you make! I’ve been noticing how impressive other bloggers’ garments are and have been thinking more about pushing myself to make more interesting, creative, complicated garments. Good for you!

  • liza janewrote:

    I love the way you frankensteined your tee (yes, that is a word)! The sleeves are super cool and I think changing the hemline was smart. Simplicity patterns have so much ease sometimes, it’s crazy. I always make a size smaller.

  • Carolynwrote:

    Oooh, I can’t wait for the storm! You always make the most fantastic garments…like this one! It’s gorgeous!

  • Amber Nelsenwrote:

    So pretty! I’ll definitely consider mixing those two patterns. I’d wear a shirt like that a lot.
    You’ve definitely inspired me to sew some clothes for myself. My first attempt was…well, it was sewn right but the style completely didn’t suit me. I’ve been slowly working on some other attempts. So thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    Such an awesome top – and a really cool outfit altogether. I can’t wait to see your sewing storm – The sketches and descriptions sound awesome. The perfect little capsule wardrobe!

  • Katwrote:

    Love it! I can’t wait to see what else you make in this burst of inspiration. I have so many things I want to make for myself but I have to wait until after I have the baby. So until then I am going to live vicariously through your sewing adventures.

  • Merche Martinezwrote:

    Your sketches are great! I love your “adult” sewing a lot!

  • Rosiwrote:

    Fantastic! I bet you’ll wear it all the time.

  • craftastrophieswrote:

    I love your comment about not needing the ‘selfish’ in that sentence. So well put, so important to remember.

    And your comment about sewing being learnable! I feel like I’ve somehow levelled up in the last year or so – I’ve still got a long long long way to go, but I’ve got all the skills to get the knowledge. I found your blog in my recent trawl for people making things I’d like to wear, both fancy and everyday, and who like to talk about how they make them. Isn’t it thrilling?! I find your blog so inspiring, is that weird to say?


  • jacqwrote:

    Sophie- my goodness this top is wonderful!
    I also am inspired to make my wardrobe instead of shop for it but still have a ways to go. Cannot wait to see all you’ve created.
    Love this!

  • kristinwrote:

    Love it love it love it. I so want to sew more for myself, but all these guest posts in July have me running! Maybe I should block August out…or at least a couple weeks at the beginning of August before school sewing! Oh geez. Anyway, this shirt is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what else comes from those sketches!! Can’t wait for the sew storm.

  • sweet emmeliewrote:

    I like it!

  • megannielsenwrote:

    I LOVE how this turned out honey! It looks fantastic on you – and the sleeve details are really really cute!

    Meanwhile, I think I spied a Banksia in those plan sketches! yay! XOXO

  • Emilywrote:

    Hooray to ‘sewing’. Like it too.

  • Nancywrote:

    It looks great & I love how you do sketches before you start sewing. How do you find the time w little ones, do you sacrifice sleep hours?

  • Max of Max California ★wrote:

    LOVE it! I love the uniqueness of op-shopped fabric!

  • Melissawrote:

    Your top turned out gorgeous, and I love that you included your technical drawings!

  • Vanessa@Designs By Sessawrote:

    I want one! I love that it really does look like you bought it at a designer store and I have the same shopping problem. I look at the clothes on the rack to gain inspiration. Shopping is no fun anymore! haha!

  • antowrote:

    I always get so excited about wardrobe sewing planning and drawing sketches of future projects. It’s so exciting when I bring all those to life. I recently finished a navy blue dress that I’m utterly in love with. Best feeling ever.
    That shirt looks lovely and so comfy.

  • Paunnetwrote:

    oooh… I want one, pleeeeese!

  • Amywrote:

    Ooh, I never noticed this pattern before. I love slouchy tees and I love the hem change too. It’s fun to get caught up in sewing storms! I’m with you, I’m in a 9-month summer climate and I keep getting drawn to winter-y patterns. Why is that?

  • Kristinawrote:

    looks fabulous! I just started sewing myself and I am looking forward to add some pieces to mz wardrobe as well! love your blog for inspiration and I look forward to see more projects from your current sewing storm 🙂

  • Stephaniewrote:

    Super, super cute. I may have to copy you. :/ I love your styling too!

  • Ashleywrote:

    Beautiful! I love the outcome and the fabric is perfect! Nice work 🙂


  • splatasticwrote:

    Ooh! Me likey! xo

  • Roobeedoowrote:

    Woo hoo! I love your drawings and the finished make.
    I have just made something very similar to your bottom left drawing, here:

  • Zoewrote:

    Totally awesome! That’s a wonderful creation in tres interesting fabric x

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