Crowded Faces Crepe Jersey Tee
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 28th July 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
Crepe jersey is one of my favourite fabrics. Its a dream to wear because of its great stretch and recovery.
It combines the comfort and versatility of knit with the elevated style of crepe. I know I'm not the only one who was excited to hear the noteworthy “Crowded Faces” print is now available in a knit! This fabric is the high quality that we expect from both Lady M. and Minerva. This substrate is composed of 96% viscose and 4% spandex. It is cool to the touch, has a nice soft drape, and a very wearable opacity. At 58” wide you have a myriad of great pattern options. I went back and forth over what to make with my precious metre for a few weeks, and then realized that I love the print too much to break it up into pieces. It doesn't need to be something fancy to shine in my wardrobe! I really enjoy print-mixing with outfits and prefer separates that can be used interchangeably. Monochromatic, repeating, multi-scale prints are ideal for adding interest to my basics.
So....how about a classic white tee? ( I love what I love, ok.)
Let's make clothes that will be well-worn!
I am a big fan of comfortable separates that I can dress up....
Or dress down.
The Stellan Tee is a free pattern from French Navy Patterns. Its unique to any of the great offerings of tee patterns out there, so if you haven't found your “Perfect Tee” yet, I highly recommend you try it! (Even if you have, this one is very cool.) Stellan features a broad shoulder line (which often relaxes into a slightly dropped shoulder depending on the fabric weight) , a flattering crew neck, and a longer sleeve that is perfect for rolling up once or twice. The cherry on top is a beautiful back neckband finish that is clean and satisfying.
The overall fit is easy and classic. I choose this pattern over and over when I want something with a really versatile silhouette.
To prepare my fabric, I fold it neatly, then pet it and stare at it on the table for a day and a half. Kidding! ( Sort of.) I followed the specifications found on the Minerva Crafts website. It is recommended to wash it in cool water and hang to dry. Viscose dries very quickly, so even this lazy laundress can handle the proper care. Time out of the dryer will also help the striking print stay vivid (and striking.) Cutting the fabric was smooth with a rotary blade and weights to minimize shifting. The edges of this fabric do not roll up significantly. I pressed my seams with my iron on the rayon setting and used steam and a press cloth, as usual.
Pattern construction is straightforward and simple. The instructions are lovely and any level of sewist will enjoy this make. I shortened my sleeves by 2 inches and cuffed them with hand-tack stitches. (When wearing, I often roll 'em up further.)
I wear this lovely shirt many times a week and I hope there will be more crepe jersery in my sewing and wardrobe future.
Thanks for reading!
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