Summer Concert Tee

Posted on | May 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

This past weekend officially kicked off the beginning of summer and how fitting that I managed to sew up my first summer tee!


The pattern is the Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY, which I picked up in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #1 (perfect pattern parcels are only available for a limited time, but #3 will be out this week!). The tie dye cotton knit jersey is from Mood Fabrics and was very easy to work with. It’s also extremely soft and drapey, a perfect tee shirt fabric for sure.


I sewed this top completely on my regular old sewing machine, no serger required. I have to say, other than sewing in my neck trim a little uneven, the machine worked pretty well. The collar probably would have gone a little better if I had waited till the morning to sew it in. I was getting a little tired and patience was starting to wane. I was at that point in the project where I just wanted it done. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!


I used a three step zig-zag stitch for the seams, added a clear elastic tape to the shoulders as a stabilizer, and a twin needle for the hem and top stitching at the neck line. I also added some stitch witchery inside the hem to keep it from stretching out of shape when sewing with the twin needle. I was happy that the stabilizer didn’t affect the drape of the hem too much. It’s definitely a little more crisp after heming, but it’s much better than a wavy hem and it still falls nicely when worn.


This project came together pretty quickly, I completed it in about 4 hours from start to finish. I cut the smallest size, but added 2″ to the front length. I also raised the neck drop a little bit. To make things easier to cut, I traced the pattern on one layer of fabric with tailors chalk instead of on the fold. Knit fabric can be a little tricky to cut, and cutting on the single layer worked out very well.


I love my new comfy tee! Now that I know knits aren’t as hard as they seem, I foresee a few more knit projects in my future.

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