Hot American Summer Concert Tee

hot american summer concert tee

This Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY may be the most aptly named sewing project I’ve ever made. The moment I finished it I wanted to put on some daisy dukes, salt water sandals, and get silly, dancing in a grassy field to some booty-shakin’ music. Since it’s winter and I’m in the middle of San Francisco, I’d had to make do with a pair of high waisted jeans and blonde highlights in my hair.

red white and blue oversize tee shirt

I was given this pattern as part of the inaugural launch of the Perfect Pattern Parcel. Their goal is to help bring business to indie pattern designers and benefit charity in the process – pretty great goals if you ask me. There’s a great selection of patterns for a very limited time (Accordion Bag by Sew Sweetness, Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY, Ava by Victory Patterns, The Skater Dress by Kitschycoo, Dandelion Dress & Top by Disparate Disciplines), so go check it out. And many thanks to Jill and Rachael for asking me to help celebrate their launch! While I wasn’t initially sure this top was really my style (and I’m still not sure I’ll wear it without a high waisted bottom since I think my belly-baring days are behind me), I’m a convert. I think it’s relaxed and sexy at the same time. Best part, it’s a super quick and easy sew!

loose striped tee shirt

To make this shirt, I used leftover fabric from my Plantain Maxi Dress and Oatmeal Stripe Shirt. I had hoped to cut the whole shirt from one fabric, but didn’t have quite enough (it takes more fabric than you might think for the long back and loose fit). I had both fabrics on the ground, trying to wiggle them around to fit the pattern pieces but couldn’t get either to fit. I went to the kitchen to make a cup of tea to dissipate some of my frustration, and when I came back I was pretty stoked to find that the two fabrics look fun together and why didn’t I think of pairing them in the first place! It wasn’t until I put on the finished tee that I realized it made a rather patriotic combination, but I think that makes it even more perfect for summer concerts, right?

striped summer tee back

Apparently Miranda and I were on the same wavelength, because she is the other blogger celebrating the launch with a blog post today, and she also made a striped Summer Concert Tee! There are a ton of other bloggers that will be sharing projects over the next couple weeks, so keep your eye out for more great makes popping up in the sewing blogosphere. There’s also a big giveaway to celebrate, so go check it out!

summer concert tee dixie DIY

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16 Responses to Hot American Summer Concert Tee

  1. dixie March 7, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Omg, two different stripes! how awesome is that!? way to make it work and i think it looks really cool and totally planned.

    and yeah, it’s definitely cropped in the front so wearing it with a cami underneath might be a good option, too.

    thanks for trying the shirt out!

  2. rachael {imagine gnats} March 7, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    i LOVE it! i think i need to print this one out ASAP. seems like a good friday night relax from a crazy social media overload kind of project ;) thank you!!

  3. Meg March 7, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    I just bought that pattern parcel, and I can’t wait to make this tee! Your version is FABULOUS!

  4. Jill || Made with Moxie March 7, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    Isn’t it funny how you can be iffy about a pattern and then see it on other people and think, wow, that’s pretty awesome? That’s is how I’m feeling today after your and MIranda’s posts! Nice stitching, lady, and thanks for helping us out!

  5. Annette March 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I like the look of the two fabrics. It actually looks like you had originally planned it out.

  6. Miranda March 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    You’re a total babe, and I love the fabric combination! If you find yourself in Austin this summer, you, Dixie and I can all hit up a concert together in our striped tees:) xo

    • Seamstress Erin March 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Aw, thanks hon. You’re lookin’ pretty good in yours as well! We’d make a pretty fabulous summer striped trio, if I do say so myself!

  7. Shams March 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    A very cute top, Erin!

  8. Bobbi March 8, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Cute tee! The two fabrics look cool together. Your first picture is adorable – probably not what you were going for!
    The pattern parcel sounds great. I’ll be checking it out!

  9. Maris Olsen March 8, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Such a darn cute T, Erin! Love your style, gal!

  10. Kelly March 8, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    It looks so fun! Your hair looks great too :) Thanks for listing out the patterns – I certainly don’t need more patterns, but there’s a few in this parcel that I’ve been thinking about…

    • Seamstress Erin March 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      I think need may be a strong word, but more patterns never hurt anyone, right???

  11. La Pantigana March 9, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    Me gusta que hayas combinado dos tipos de estampados :-)

  12. Michelle March 10, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I love what you’ve done with the pattern mixing! I would have thought it was the original plan. It looks fantastic! I never think to mix patterns. I’m not very good at it, to be honest. I need to practice, because this great and I want one!

  13. abby @ thingsforboys March 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I love the mixed stripes and the top just looks so comfy!

  14. Camilla March 13, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Love it. The contrast fabrics look so cool together.

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