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.