I bought this wool/viscose knit from Spotlight a few months ago with the intention of making a couple of tees. After my sister showed me this post by Crab and Bee, I decided it would look better to use both fabrics to make a two-toned tee. By coincidence, the blue and green go very nicely together.
I'd originally planned to trace off a copy of my sister's pattern to make the shirt. Unfortunately, she'd misplaced the pattern (which is surprising given her incredible pattern storage system). I ended up tracing around a top she'd made up so have no idea what size I've ended up with. Apart from a slightly lower neckline, the front is identical to the back.
The bodice on the original pattern in not divided into two sections so I redrafted the pattern to accommodate this with added seam allowances. During a discussion with my sewing teacher about where best to place the join, she introduced me to the Fibonacci Number Series. In simplified, non-mathematical layman's terms, this is basically a system that can be applied to creating proportions that are aesthetically pleasing. Well, that's at least one application anyway. Apparently, quilters often use it. It is also common among a range of designers ranging from fashion right through to architecture. I must ask my husband if he is familiar with it as he studied Industrial Design. Anyway, I applied the Fibonacci formula to both tops. What do you think? Are the proportions pleasing to the eye?
These two tops were very quick to make. I actually placed the two fabrics on top of each other and cut them out simultaneously. The construction was done using my overlocker. I used a twin needle to finish the sleeves and neckline.
- side view-
- back view -Overall, I'm really happy with the way the two tops have turned out. I think this would also be a great pattern/design to use if you wanted to jump on the colour-blocking bandwagon.