The Tale of 3 Ultraviolet Tees

As I mentioned in my last post, Lisa from Paprika Patterns asked me to be a pattern ambassador for the  Ultraviolet Tee ahead of the launch in May. This involved getting the pattern for free in exchange for sharing pictures of my finished make on social media. However, I always intended to write a blog post about this pattern, I just did not get around it until now.

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For my first version of the Ultraviolet Tee picked the cropped version in knitted fabric. My choice for this one came from Minerva* – stars cotton jersey*. Because this is a basic tee, I did not really use the instructions although I printed them apart from looking at the diagrams and checking the sizing and seam allowances.

I had to employ a couple of tricks like using sewing tape for the hem to prevent the waves in the fabric and to help keep the fabric in place long enough to stitch to or to hand-baste the neckband before overclocking them together.

Although the top looks nice and fits well, I am not too fond of the side. I feel the side seam does not go down long enough. I do not like showing the skin around my abdomen. But, I like the back of the Tee. I think I might have to modify the pattern so that the hem does not go that high up on the side.

Also, I wanted to make a woven version of this pattern using the regular hem view. So, I used some leftover Liberty London cotton lawn in my stash and with a bit of a jiggle of the pattern pieces on the fabric, I managed to cut it even though I did not have enough fabric for it. I could not find the fabric, so I am not sure if this print is sold anymore, but Minerva has a beautiful selection of Liberty London cotton lawn fabrics* that would work well with this pattern.

I prefer the fit of the regular hemmed Tee.

Since I was not too fond of the cropped knitted tee, I made another one with a regular hem. For the third version, I used a slinky viscose jersey I got from Abakhan. the fabric was a little pain to work with but once the Tee was finished I just forgot about all the swearing from before.

Out of all these three Ultraviolet Tees, my favourite one is the last one. I keep wearing it all the time when the weather allows it.


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