It Started Life as a Lark

The Grainline Studio Lark Tee - but not as we know it.

This rather marvelous rubix cube of a pattern comes with 4 sleeve options and 4 neckline options - 16 tee patterns in one purchase!! I tried out the boat neck version last Christmas and enjoyed making it - its a size 12, shaped to an 8 at waist and back out to 12 at hip.

My lovely gal pal Laura is getting married shortly and her hen do was vintage floral themed - queue the 3 week flap about finding something to wear. I am neither vintagey nor florally at heart...although a quick flick back through my projects might suggest that's not true! (Here and Here).

I found some super ponte de roma from The Textile Centre - £3.99!! (There is a coupon for 10% off until end of August is ttcentre10)  It's pretty good quality stuff aswell. Apparently I bought the 'dark' floral version - but there is a nice bright summery version too... I just found that now dammit.

This was a very quick make as I was rushing it a bit. I started by tracing the Lark Tee boat neck pattern piece onto the ponte and extending down to just past the knee for a 'midi' look. The sleeve piece was also used this time and they fit just nicely. Sleeves were inserted flat then the dress sewn up the side seams and underarm.

At first try-on it was destined for the bin as I had forgotten seam allowance was already included and added another good 5cm for luck - so once again I ended up with a huge sack of a dress. Google 'floral moo moo' and that's what it looked like. The standard post-sewing strop ensued. Perseverance and ten thousand pins later I made it closer fitting and took the skirt in to a pencil shape.

The neckline was also a bit 'mumsy' together with the print so I hacked that into a deep V. I suffer from gaping neckline syndrome so found that a few little rouches stitched into the point of the V makes for a nice detail and a good fix to that problem on stretch fabrics.  (I have my suspicions lately that this gaping on one side is not a boob issue but a slightly more sloping shoulder on one side....hmmmm, curious).

All in all after fitting it to the point where it was wearable - it incidentally turned out to be quite 'vintage' looking aswell! The God's of good hairdo's must have been on my side as I tried to curl in a style 20 mins before the taxi arrived - a dangerous little move. ;-)

Lark Tee. Awesome. Vintage and Floral. Nailed it.

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  1. This looks lovely! Great hair too - I can't believe it only took you 20 minutes to do. Hope you had fun!

  2. I love the way this dress turned out - It looks fantastic. Good work keeping at it till it was what you wanted.

    1. Thanks SoleCrafts :-) nearly gave up but got there in the end! x