the montlake tee

Posted on 25 January 2016


When Grainline Studio came out with their Lark Tee pattern, there was a lot of talk in the blogging world about whether or not there were too many t-shirt patterns out there. I mean, if you've made one, you've made them all, right? Wrong. You can always use another t-shirt.

Have you seen the new shirt pattern that Straight Stitch Designs released today? It's so good. The Montlake Tee is the perfect combination of drape and cozy. It reminds me of my favorite t-shirts from Anthropologie that I absolutely live in. And considering I've been wearing my Montlake Tee for the past two days, it definitely fits the bill of closet staple.

The Montlake Tee features a low scoop neck that's slightly fitted through the chest and drapes down through the waist and hips. The pattern comes with four different sleeve options, ranging from short to long.

While testing this pattern, we all realized the depth of the scoop neckline is somewhat dependent on the type of fabric you use. From what I've gathered, it will be slightly higher if you use a knit with less stretch. My version is a lightweight hatchi knit and it comes down just the right amount - not too low, but low enough that it doesn't do weird proportion things on my chest.

I added a couple extra inches of length to my version with an added band at the bottom, but Kimberly has already added the length into the finished version, so you can hem this tee based on the pattern instructions.

When I finished mine the other day, I couldn't decide if I wanted to cut out another and get started or if I truly had too many t-shirts in my closet. But it's already one of the most cozy things I've got, so of course, the fabric for my next Montlake is in the wash and almost ready.

I think this would be a great tee for yoga too - not to fitted and not too loose. I'm planning on whipping up a couple of Kimberly's Greenwood Tank to go with them. I'm pretty sure sewing some new work out clothes will I'll finally help me start my New Year's "get healthy" plan...right?

Overall, I love the Montlake Tee. I think the fit is just perfect for your everyday "t-shirt and jeans" outfit and really can be made in all sorts of knits for a different look. I can't wait to see what everyone else makes with it!

Congrats on the new release Kimberly!!

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