I am so excited to share this make with you today! Can you believe something so simple is one of my proudest makes this year? I really pushed my creativity with this basic tshirt. And because of it’s simple construction, I was able to really enjoy the process. It was such a good reminder of why I love sewing!
I just launched a series called Pinspiration Sewing over on my Youtube channel. Like the name suggests, I’ll be using sewing patterns to recreate Pinterest looks. But in true Keira fashion, I’ll be adding some sugar and spice to my looks! One of the things that my brand represents is really pushing your limits to create something truly unique! I think if you scroll through my Instagram, you’d see I always try to push myself creatively. I don’t have a specific style, I make whatever whenever, but I think I definitely have a unique perspective on fashion. So whether I am dressing girly, cool, preppy, or whatever, one thing is for sure… I’d be doing it in a very special Keira type of way! So make sure you go over to my channel to watch Episode 1… there is a lot of footage from the actual process of making this Pinterest inspired look.
This make is kind of a two for 1 special! Not only is this the launch of Pinspiration Sewing but I also have a sale pattern to share! The pattern I used for this project is actually this week’s Feature Friday pattern over at Love Notions. It’s the Rockford Raglan and it is on sale for $5.00 today only! Of course if you want to grab a copy I would love for you to use my link! The kids coordinating patterns are also on sale today – the Wrigley and the Samson.
The Rockford Raglan is a loose fitting raglan tee with 4 body options and various sleeve options. Views A & B are fitted at the bust and flared at the waist and hip – in shirt and tunic lengths. View C is a straighter fit tunic with an amazing asymmetrical hem and this is actually my favourite view! View D is a straight fit shirt with a hem band. You can make short sleeves, ¾ sleeves with cuffs and long sleeves with cuffs or just hemmed. The pattern is available in sizes XS-5X and includes a full bust option. Let’s not forget size layers and trimless pages! Honestly, what’s not to love?
So I was inspired by these two looks on Instagram – colourblocked fishnet t shirts. I’ve seen these things my whole life.. very popular beach fashion here! But I’ve never really thought of making one myself. Fishnet isn’t really my thing to be honest but I do like finer mesh. So I immediately made plans to go to the fabric store with the intention of making a finer mesh oversized tee with similar colours to these inspo ones. Well when I got to the fabric store and saw this zebra mesh, I changed my colour scheme completely. I figured I was already going extra and crazy with the zebra, so why not take it up another notch? Ya girl went full on fluorescent! I chose neon pink, neon orange and neon green.
I initially went up two sizes to go for that oversized fit and after cutting out just the front piece I realised my zebra fabric didn’t have enough drape for that fit. First of all, I broke the fabric requirement rules. The pattern calls for at least 40% stretch knits with nice drape. My zebra mesh really didn’t have much stretch so I thought I really needed to go up those two sizes. It turned out I needed to make a much more fitted tee than my inspo pics for the fabric to look good because it really lacked drape. I was a bit nervous cutting my actual size large, knowing that my fabric didn’t meet the stretch requirements but I am so happy with my decision to stick with my regular size. Oh my goodness I love this tee so much! The colourblocked sleeves and neckband give me so much joy!
I chose view D to get that straight boxy fit I wanted and I shortened 1.5″, omitting the hem band. Because of my sheer fabric, I also left off the sleeve bands and just did a 1″ twin needle hem instead. I love the way the sleeve hems almost looked cuffed or banded because of that double layer of mesh. I could not be happier with my choice of colours. I am getting total 80s vibes with this zebra and neon combo. This is literally the coolest tshirt I’ve ever laid eyes on and I made it! This pattern worked perfectly for my vision!
Also I absolutely love raglans on a whole! Not having to set in sleeves makes everything go faster and smoother. If you are a beginner especially, I highly recommend the Rockford Raglan from Love Notions. This was such a quick and easy make even with mesh fabric. I am just blown away by this entire project. I almost feel like I’m not cool enough for this top! I styled mine over a black cami paired with black bermuda shorts and sneakers. But of course at some point, I will also end up wearing this with shorts over a swimsuit at the beach. It felt a little too young for me in a way, but I am so proud of this make I will definitely be sporting this! Age is just a number right?