Geneva & Agnes; my duo of tees + Discount code from Girl Charlee

Geneva & Agnes; my duo of tees + Discount code from Girl Charlee

genevaraglanteenamedclothingsewing16I love a good knit tee. Besides being a pleasure to wear it makes a really quick sew and we all love an instant gratification win.The only thing is that knit tees don’t make the most exciting subjects to blogs about. Too simple? Maybe not.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 13.02.19The Geneva isn’t just another raglan on the market. The pattern has serious design pedigree. The classic crew neckline and fitted design aren’t nothing new but the shoulder darts?

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That lovely curve from the sleeves. Love Love Love.

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This project is a collaboration with Girl Charlee Uk, as they recently opened their European branch. So excited that I don’t need to risk importing charges from USA anymore.I picked this lovely triangle ponte roma knit.

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Feels so lovely and warm. I pre-washed in cold water (30C wash) and looks good. For fun contrasting cuffs were added to my version.

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@GirlCharleeUK are sponsoring today’s #sewphotohop prize. This weekend only everyone can use HOP15 to get 15 off @ Girl Charlee Fabrics UK. If you playing SEWPHOTOHOP you are in a chance to win £100 voucher.You can still join the fun.

My fabric picks are:Black White Aztec Cotton French Terry, Black Mauve Scattered Spots Baby Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric and Chartreuse Purple Floral on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric.

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This swinter weather is awful. At least I have two lovely tops to make me happy. Again the fit of Named patterns is spot on for me. Besides lengthening sleeves it all pretty much just fits me out of the envelop  printer. I buy PDF’s for 3 reasons: It is cheaper. I only need to print a size category (they come nested as two sizes in pairs), and the pattern comes with stitching line/seam allowance lines. If you buy a paper pattern it doesn’t come with seam allowance and you still need to trace. Patterns come nested. I only bought a paper pattern once. It is beautifully packed but I didn’t think it justifies the expensive shipping cost, specially as I buy a lot. If you have all their patterns in printed form; I hate you. (lol)

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With the left over fabric I whipped another Agnes, from Tilly And The buttons. This pattern suits me well. If you really scared of knits (you shouldn’t) Tilly’s class is fab. Sewing is fun and the whole simple/ jargon free dynamics of the online class is really approachable.

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This time I modified the pattern slightly: Choose to make it 3/4 sleeves and slightly cropped. Added both sleeves and hem cuffs because I needed a knit tee that could be worn with high waisted jeans or skirts. When a close fitting knit tee is too long it looks weird over the waistbands. I didn’t manage to photograph wearing it as I’m still recovering from a nasty cold (hence my very tired face urgh!!! and the lack of appearance on my latest post)

Honestly taking photos from my project backlog has been the most challenging task to keep the blog updated. I intend to clear it all by the time I co- host the coat sew along. I still got all the wedding post to talk about.

I have asked Instagrammers to name their favourite knit tees. Mentioned were: Papercut Coppelia (also a favourite), Vogue 8536, Deer and Doe Plantain (free), Megan Nielsen Briar, Grainline Hemlock (free), SBCC Tonic (free), McCall’s 6078, Burdastyle Sadie, Sewaholic Refrew, McCall’s 6566, Hey June Lane Raglan,Pattydoo Scarlet.

You guys love a good knit tee pattern.So what is your favourite knit tee pattern?

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  • I love the geneva too – the curved raglan seams are just so chic. My other favourites are the tessuti Mandy tee and the Maria Denmark kimono tee (both free). I’ve not made the liesl and co maritime tee but a friend has and the neckline facing finish looks really slick and very rtw…

    • great additions to the list above.

  • Style Arc’s Ann T (modified to remove gathers) is perfect for me.

    • I will have a look. I never used style arc. What do think about their patterns in general?

  • Margo

    Great tee! I really love a shoulder dart…they give such a lovely fit. Nice choice of fabric…but then I always like your fabric choices! 🙂

    • You are so sweet … Thank you

  • Love the tees! I really like the shoulder darts–seems like an usual detail that really works!

    • It’s such a simple detail but adds so much to the final appearance

  • I’ve made Megan Nielsen’s Briar and the Grainline Hemlock. I like both but probably get more wear out of the Hemlock in this chilly part of the world. I love your version of Geneva though so that’s definitely going on the To Make list! Great job x

    • I have printed the hemlock. Really want to make a few

  • Your Geneva fits you perfectly ! Love your fabric choice !

  • Really love the fabric! Sadly it seems to be all gone. Girlcharlee have some great looking fabric, glad they’re in the UK.

    • I think they said more will arrive. When I posted they only had 15 metres left. I’m so glad they are in the UK because I like their prints a lot

  • Melania

    Hi Rachel, that tee is lovely and fits you beautifully. you said you only had to lengthen the sleeves, May I ask how tall you are and what Named size you used to make that tee in the ponte knit? I have the pattern and would like to make it, and as I am in between sizes, I am just trying to gauge whether to size up or down… Thanks so much for your help!

    • I sew named size 38. I’m 1.81cm. They draft for 1.75cm but I’m all legs

  • I love the line on the shoulders for this pattern. Your projects aren’t too simple to blog about as they will inspire less experienced sewers.

  • Melania

    Rachel, thanks so much for your reply.