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.
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!
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?
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!