Whoop! Our first new sewing pattern of 2017 is officially here. Meet Ebony, our take on a simple, chic knit tee.
If you’re anything like me, comfort is one of the biggest factors when you get dressed in the morning. I’m kind of obsessed with finding the perfect comfy everyday uniform, and since I work for myself, I’ve found it can be way too easy to just fall in the grungy yoga pants and hoodie trap.
The secret is: drape yourself in fluid knits. Our new Ebony Tee hits the sweet spot between comfortable, chic and cozy, and for real, it’s basically all I’ve been wearing for months.
The dress variation has become my go-to choice for going out. It’s body skimming and swishy with lots of drapey volume, which means its great for a) dancing and b) eating huge meals (my two favourite things to do, ever). It fits close to the body through the shoulders and arms before fanning out below the bust, and I think the contrast in fit keeps it flattering; it’s got a modern Grecian Goddess vibe.
View B is a cropped tee with an ever so slight high/low hem; I looooove the silhouette and how it frames the waist when worn with our high-waisted Ginger Jeans. This is a great option for tissue knits; I love how delicate and soft it is when made with really lightweight fabrics. Of course, if you’d like a slightly longer t-shirt we’ve made it simple to extend to your preferred length, since I know not everyone is feeling cropped shirts as much as I am these days.
View A & B include two neckline options. When the silhouette is this simple, the details really matter, so the shape and proportion of these necklines was given some serious thought. The jewel neckline is a little wider and deeper than a simple crew neck. It highlights the clavicle and neck (under celebrated body parts in my opinion), and provides a nice canvas for a great statement necklace. The scoop neckline is obviously a little lower, but it’s not too revealing. These views also have full length or 3/4 sleeves, making the dress in particular a great option for cooler winter weather.
The tunic variation is proving to be one of the most versatile pieces in my closet. For some reason, once the temperature drops all I want in my life is stretchy leggings and a top to cover my bum. The Ebony Tunic is the ultimate solution to Leggings Are Not Pants; it’s business in the front, party in the back, with a cascading hem that ensures all your critical bits are properly covered. This variation features raglan sleeves (you might recognize it from a self drafted tee I made a few years ago; that’s how long this idea has stuck with me), and it’s a great layering piece with cardigans and sweaters. I can be found in one of the half dozen I’ve made on any given day of the week; it’s become fundamental to how I get dressed. Simple, easy, chic, comfortable. What’s better than that?
Initially I though this pattern was best suited for lighter weight, drapey knits like rayon, cotton, silk, merino & linen jerseys. While those fabrics will create a swishy, fluid effect, I was really happy to discover that this pattern rocks HARD with more substantial knits like scuba and ponte.
True story: I woke up super early on a Sunday morning in December with an idea to make an Ebony raglan sleeve dress with a new digitally printed scuba I purchased. I zipped into the studio and ended up making one of my favourite New Years dresses ever; the body of the fabric created an almost sculptural effect with the volume of the dress. I’ll have to share some more photos later this week so you can see what I mean.
Need a better visual? Here are the technical flats for this pattern.
Wouldn’t be a pattern launch without an envelope featuring beautiful watercolour illustrations form my lady love, Sallie Oh. I think these really capture how I’ve been wearing this pattern.
Ebony of Sew Stylist is the namesake of this pattern. Ebony has a modern, original sense of style that always gets me excited to sew something beautiful. Her experiments with drapey tees are what got me hooked on the idea in the first place, and I’m excited for us to float around San Francisco in our tees when I go to visit later this spring.
I hope you like our new pattern! It’s a nice change from the more complex designs we’ve been doing lately and I’m really happy that we can add a super quick and simple-to-make option to our pattern line-up. Any questions? Hit me up below!