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Briar tee in French Terry from See You At Six

Posted by Jenya Thompson on

Do you ever spend days trying to find a perfect pattern that would do special fabric justice?

Hi. I am Jenya. I am that person who spent three days trying to work out what to make with this French Terry fabric from See You at Six.

Three. Whole. Days!  But how could I possibly rush into anything when I had such wonderful fabric on my hands? It is super soft, has the perfect amount of stretch, lovely drape... and the coolest print! 

In the end I decided to give the Briar tee by Megan Nielsen a go. This pattern is suitable for just about any knit fabric. It is a lot more fun than a traditional tee or a sweatshirt. I mean, look at the hemline! 

My measurements put me in size S. I didn't want to end up with a tight fitting tee. I wanted more of a lightweight jumper, so I made size M. I pretty much copied Anna and cut the hemline half way between a cropped and a full length version. I also shortened the sleeves by 2 1/2 cm. I now have a perfect layering piece, in time for spring which I hope is just around the corner! 

In these photos I am wearing a black singlet underneath my new Briar. It is still cold and I am a little too old to be showing off my tummy that on various stages of my life housed little humans. 

Yes,I really did match the print across the body and the sleeves. It was fun! In a sewing nerdy way... It actually is very easy. One can use the same principles as when matching stripes. Instead of using a stripe as a point of reference I used the top of the palm trees. Print matching is a little fiddly but definitely worth it. Have I cleared my name after creating two-headed mutant zebras?

This French Terry is not only pleasant to wear. It was very easy to work with. I was a little worried that hemming the top might be tricky due to the curve, but the fabric behaved so well! 

If you are considering purchasing a french terry what pattern would you use to do it justice?


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9 comments

  • Perfect pattern for this really cool fabric!

    Marta on
  • It looks great, Jenya. I would definitely have agonised for just as long as you over what to make with this beautiful fabric. Your pattern matching is spot on!

    Marisa on
  • But I love the mutant zebras! You have certainly “cleared your name”, I wouldn’t have thought of matching across the sleaves until I tried on the finished top and my husband pointed it out. I will be on the look out now! I have some of Maaike’s Giraffe jeans French terry, but haven’t quite worked out what to sew. Probably a jumper for one of the kids, it was a remnant and not enough for me!

    Rebecca Hunter on
  • But I love the mutant zebras! You have certainly “cleared your name”, I wouldn’t have thought of matching across the sleaves until I tried on the finished top and my husband pointed it out. I will be on the look out now! I have some of Maaike’s Giraffe jeans French terry, but haven’t quite worked out what to sew. Probably a jumper for one of the kids, it was a remnant and not enough for me!

    Rebecca Hunter on
  • Uh, this fabric is SO good and you did great choosing this pattern for it. I bet you will get lots of wear out of this one.

    Mie on

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