A New Closet Staple: Montlake Tee
My goal this year is to continue to build my handmade wardrobe with the goal to one day have my handmade garments make up the majority of my closet. This month I really started thinking about my foundation or staple pieces that I can mix and match with other more statement makes or with each other for a fun everyday look. The question was, which patterns to choose?
Enter Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs! She must have heard me and other makers like me because a couple of weeks ago, she put out a call for pattern testers for her latest pattern, the Montlake Tee, the perfect closet basic! I tested with Kimberly a couple times last year and immediately jumped at the chance to work with her again. Not only would I get to make great staple piece, just like what I was looking for, but I would also get to work the a great group of women experimenting with a brand new pattern! The results were amazing!
After a couple of versions and some great feedback from the group, Kimberly perfected her low scoop neck tee, complete with 4 great sleeve lengths, and released it in her shop today! This knit tee fits like a dream- not too tight like a lot of ready to wear layering pieces, making it perfect to wear on its own or to layer under a cardigan or jacket. Kimberly’s favorite is the elbow length (shown above) but I think I am going to have to go with the 3/4 sleeve! I also think the more casual fit and scoop neckline helps set this pattern apart from the rest and I am sure to be making quite a few of them. Great job Kimberly! <Learn more about the specifics of the pattern HERE on Kimberly’s blog>
While I sewed up both of my versions in jersey knits, others in the testing group tried out sweater knit, french terry, etc with great results. Now I am dreaming of my own cozy Montlake! The best part, this pattern only takes a couple of hours start to finish, so I have not excuses. The more Montlakes the merrier, right! I thought this cute red/purple rose jersey would be fun to wear in February with Wear Red Month and Valentine Day coming up.
I also experimented with a grey and black print texture jersey that will be a great neutral for the rest of the cooler months. Pair it with an infinity scarf or maybe a cozy vest and I am all set! Note: This version was one of the first versions tested. Fit changed a little bit by the final version but I still love it.
This pattern was a great launching place for the foundation pieces of my handmade wardrobe. I think next will be some much needed layering tanks and hopefully a great trouser… What are your goals for your handmade wardrobe this year?
P.S. Kimberly is offering the Montlake Tee for 20% off through Sunday, January 31st for the launch. Although she provided me with a free copy of the pattern for helping in the testing process, these thoughts and opinions are all my own.