Chai Tee in a feather print

Pattern: Liesl & Co Chai Tee size XS, D cup

Armholes enlarged by two inches

Fabric used: Riley Blake cotton lycra from The Confident Stitch

It’s always interesting to make a pattern in two different fabrics to see how fabric affects fit.

I remembered to use my Dutch Label Shop labels. Even if I did cover up my logo.

My first version of the Chai was made in a poly tee shirt knit with no stretch and it felt quite snug in the XS so I had to let out the seams as well as enlarge the armholes and sleeve. For more on enlarging an armholes visit my post here.

In this second version, the feather print cotton lycra felt completely different! It’s a much higher quality fabric for sure, much more soft, and the lycra affected the fit a lot. It actually felt big in the XS D cup, even though my measurements have me in the size small size.  I had to take the side seams in about 3/8 of an inch extra at each side.

This is a simple and fun top to put together, especially if you have a serger and cover stitch machine. I was done with my top in about an hour. I didn’t follow the intructions for the neck band and instead simply serged the folded band on and then top stitched the seam allowance with my coverstitch machine. My cover stitch machine did skip a few stitches due to the thickness of sewing over the serged seam allowances. What I do when that happens is I use my regular sewing machine’s straight stitch to sew over the little bits of skipped stitches. I use the same color thread and that helps to reinforce the stitch, lock it in place, and keep the stitches from coming out more. I read somewhere that they do that in ready to wear sewing instead of tearing out the whole row of coverstitches if there is a skipped stitch.

At any rate, I really love this fabric and I can tell it’s going to wear well. It would make a fantastic wrap dress or even leggings as it has a good weight. Not too heavy and not too thin. Good job, Riley Blake fabric! And thank you to Kate at The Confident Stitch for her great taste in curating their fabrics.

This is the type of top I throw on in my daily Momiform. I’m wearing it here with my Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans and my Kork Ease sandals. It’s going to be in the 100’s this week, so I’m dreaming of fall weather. Believe it or not, all this hot weather is getting a little tiresome!

Happy sewing!

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  1. Sandy Osborne says

    Love that print! And thanks for the tip on sewing over skipped stitches! I’m going to use that for my ends (when I use my coverstitch) as they always seem to pull out.

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