In preparation for the Kindergarten school year, I decided to whip up a cute little Tee. Our Septembers around here are still pretty hot and the attire at school needs to be cool and comfortable. I love the striped fabric in this top too…I cut the binding on the bias to add a bit more visual design to the neck and shoulders. I actually made this before Fourth of July and have just gotten around to writing the tutorial (yikes), so she wore this striped top with a pair of stenciled star denim cut offs while watching fireworks! Adorbs :)
I dubbed it the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee because of its sleeveless sophistication and thick binding that enhances the neck and shoulders. It has a slight scoop neck that allows the wearer to pull it on and off with ease. The bottom hem can be stitched or left un-hemmed, it’s up to you! I’ve made 3 of these and 2 I left un-hemmed and they are great!
This adorable fabric is from my sponsor, Girl Charlee. I love the color! It is such a fresh shade of green…so summery!
MATERIALS (size 5)
Pattern Pieces. ( 4 – letter sized pages)
3/4 yard of knit fabric
Cut out your front and back pattern pieces, on the fold. You will end up with two full shirt pieces.
For the binding pieces, cut 2 pieces at 10”x2.5” for the shoulders
Cut one piece at 18”x2.5” for the neck
Lay them right sides facing and sew a stretch stitch (if you have that setting) at the shoulder seams
The stretch stitch on my machine is #9. It looks like a small zig zag. What this stitch does is allows the knit, which has a lot of stretch, to stretch when pulled.
Take your arm binding piece, fold it in half longwise, and pin it to the right side of the fabric, raw edges lined up. The binding piece is a bit smaller, so you will have gaps in the shirt. that is okay, because you will be stretching while you sew. Pin the two sides first, then find the middle of the binding strip and pin it to shoulder seam. Pin the shirt to the middle of the binding on both side sections. Sew with a 1/2” seam allowance
Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4”. Here is what the finished arm should look like, right side out. Do the same to the other arm.
Take your neck binding and join it together by sewing the two small ends together using a 1/4” seam. Fold the binding in half so the raw edges meet and the right side is out.
Pin the binding to the neck opening, making sure the raw edges of the shirt and the binding line up. Again, the binding is smaller than the opening, just take care to make sure the gaps in the binding are all symmetrical, so when sewn, you can pull to sew together
Trim the seam allowance down and press lightly.
You can leave the hem unsewn, or you can fold the fabric up 1/4”, then another 1/2” to enclose the raw edges.
There ya go! Have fun with it! :)