Laurie tee

Laurie tee Laurie tee

My second Named Clothing pattern! This one is called Laurie striped tee. Here’s the description from the website: “A classic T-shirt with wide horizontal pleats on front that create a striped effect. A loose-fitting and casual model with short sleeves. Choose and elastic tricot, preferably quite thin. A slightly translucent fabric will make the striped effect stand out.”

I still don’t like that I have to print, tape, and still do the tracing, but this pattern is only three pieces. I just traced the front and cut the rest from the taped paper. The pattern is drafted for 172 cm, so I shortened it a lot. As the front piece has horizontal pleats, it couldn’t just be shortened at the hem or waist. I did it by dividing the length difference then reduced the distance between the pleats. This way the front piece keeps the proportion. And that was the only alteration I made!

Laurie tee Laurie tee
Laurie tee Laurie tee

The fabric is this transparent mesh in black and white printed pattern. I used my overlocker for all the seams except for the hem and sleeves hem. The hem was folded twice and topstitched using long and somewhat narrow zigzag stitches. Initially I tried to stitch a piece of clear elastic to strengthen the shoulder seam but my machine kept ‘eating’ the fabric, so I used strips of the selvedges with great result.

I can’t say anything about the instructions because I didn’t read them at all. It’s all text with no pictures. But this is such a simple pattern so you won’t really need the instructions. Sew shoulder seams – finish neckline – attach sleeves – sew side seams – finish sleeves and hem. That’s it for a tee.

I think it is important to use thin, a bit slinky fabric for this pattern so the pleats won’t be too heavy. The tee looks kinda boxy on the hanger, but it looks very flattering when worn! My new fave tee!

Pattern is Laurie tee (PDF) size 34.

Related Post

  • Piękna ta bluzka 🙂 Bardzo ładnie w niej wyglądasz.

  • Love this shirt…especially with the fabric (both the type and print). I kind of want to sew one up for myself now….

  • Great graphic top!

  • That’s really beautiful.

  • Beautiful! You model these so well, too! I am excited to try my first blouse soon. You’ve inspired me!

  • This is just lovely! the wide strips are a wonderful idea

  • It’s very flattering on you! I would have expected it to be boxy like from the line drawing too… but am pleasantly surprised. Your version has got me considering this as an option! Love it 🙂

  • Do the thin fabrics mean you have to wear something underneath it? I can see how it wouldn’t be that hard what with it being boxy top but having to have loads of vests and tank tops gets annoying. 🙁

    • I wear a nice pair of black bra underneath this tee, they show but not too much. I don’t really mind though and the pleats on the front give enough coverage. You can also use thin fabric that is not too transparent (like silk jersey) and with busy print 🙂

  • This is so cute! I haven’t been very excited about these patterns because they’re pretty expensive for having to print and trace, but this shirt really tempts me to download the pattern!

    • I agree about the price, especially that you only get 2 sizes with It. Still I couldn’t help buying some more! I want to try Dakota dress but am still thinking about the retracing thing….

  • Nice! you could totally dress that up or down!

  • I can see why this would be your favorite Tee – love that graphic black and white print and such a great fit!

  • Very nice t-shirt! Those pleats are an interesting “twist” for the basic tee. I was curious to see how it looks in a non-plain colored fabric like the one they have on the website. And it still looks great! 🙂

    • Thank you! The plain one shows the pleats better but on printed fabric, I think the stripes give a nice subtle break 🙂