Jupe du Jour

Striped Tee

SewingMonica StebbComment

Dear readers, 

Do you remember when I(Monica) first wrote about exploring the fabric district in LA

I told you about the classy elastic skirt I made from the black white and red rayon fabric, but I've been remiss because I have yet to tell you about the shirt I made from the striped jersey fabric. 

The pattern I used for this shirt was one that I had been playing around with for some time. I even used a variation of that pattern when I first moved to LA for a clothing production place that I made a couple of patterns for.

I made this shirt on a home machine named Bert and used one of his over lock features to sew the t shirt together both at the side seams and shoulder seams. For only 4 lines of stitching it sure used up a lot of thread!

Can I tell you how pleased I am that all these stripes not only lined up so beautifully but also at the V they make at the shoulder seam? I held my breath with anticipation while I sewed and squealed when I saw how well it turned out. Lines are exponentially easier to line up than plaids. 

This shirt features a high-low hemline which I don't love on a skirt but for some reason I was obsessed this summer with getting my hands on a shirt with a high-low hemline. Is that even a thing for shirts to have a hemline like that? It is now, I suppose. Let me tell you: when I'm at work moving stuff around it is nice knowing for sure that my back side is literally covered. 


I normally don't hem my t-shirts when I make them because jersey is great and often does not fray, so why bother? This time around I figured hemming would help add a finished look to my garment since this was a design feature I wanted to show off.

For the hem I used a double needle as I did not have access to a schnazzy cover stitch machine. (Note: I actually prefer the double needle option as you can't tell the difference from the outside of the garment and I could complete the entire project with one machine.)

Something I really wanted to do with this shirt in addition to the hemline was to play around with a lowered neck in the back. Low-cut neck lines in front aren't my thing but I wanted to see how I felt about a lower than usual back. Turns out it's pretty nice to wear when it's warm.

Also and this is important to note: for the picture I totally played it up how low it goes in the back. 

Once while wearing this shirt on the bus a man interrupted me mid head bob (I had earphones in and was listening to music) to tell me something about King David from the Bible. I swear I could see the word Bathsheba forming on his lips. Right then the bus stopped, people got on, and I used his lapse in focus to pull away as I did not feel at all comfortable. So here's a life lesson for you: no matter how conservatively you think you're dressing, there will always be someone who will try to tell you about the dangers of David and Bathsheba in relation to your slightly lowered back; ignore them.  


Curious about how you can get your own high-low tshirt? Tell us about it in the comments and maybe soon (like in the next few months) I'll have an option for you to purchase one in your own size from our Custom Made tab