Seena Dolman Tee from Gracious Threads
Check out my Seena Dolman Tee! This is my favorite thing to wear right now.
I recently participated in the New To Knits sewalong at Gracious Threads. The blog series covers everything and more. The sewalong is really interactive and it’s taking place in the Gracious Threads Facebook group.
Okay, I’ve been sewing with knits for a little over a year. I’m not that new to knits. But this hacci sweater knit from Girl Charlee sat in my cabinet for ages because I was too scared to cut it. A loosely woven, thin fabric just terrified me. Here’s the post that gave me the courage to cut!
It didn’t unravel badly like I thought. It did want to stretch out as I sewed though. Some knits (especially sweater fabric) lose their shape easily. That’s why we fold our sweaters rather than hanging them in the closet. Jess recommends using clear elastin at the shoulder seams to prevent stretching. Best tip ever!
I didn’t deviate from the pattern much. I added about an inch of length to accommodate my freakishly long torso; and just folded over the neckline. I normally would never do a fold over neckline because I don’t think they look as nice as a banded neck or ribbed knit. This neckline blends perfectly and I can hardly see any stitches.
My sleeve and hem bands are cut on cross grain because my fabric is stretchy enough to get away with it. I think it adds some visual interest, but let’s be real. I did it so I can hoard a bigger piece of hacci sweater knit for my next project!
Anyways, I learned a lot and I got a great top. The Seena Dolman Tee is a pattern I will use a lot. I have nothing but praise for Gracious Threads patterns. (I made the Lazy Day Lounge Pants last week and haven’t had a chance to show you yet!)
You can buy the this pattern (and lots more) at the Gracious Threads Etsy shop. I highly recommend it whether you’re new to knits or not. It’s flattering on all shapes and I think you’ll love it.
Until next time!