Tessuti Our Fave Top

Lately, I’ve been all about the tees. Sewing with knits is fun and easy – there’s nothing like an instant gratification project! Most of the projects I’ve been sharing with you are a result of a huge knit fabric order from The Remnant Warehouse, whose fabrics I adore. There are more projects to come and I haven’t even used up all the fabric yet!

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.
Worn with purple Style Arc Elle pants, $2 op shop leather flats, and a panama hat from KMart.

Today’s make is the Our Fave Top pattern, available free from Melbourne retailer Tessuti. As I’ve never sewn with their patterns before, I figured a free pattern was the perfect way to dip my toes in.

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.

Our Fave Top is a one size only pattern designed for stretch knits. Its shape is reminiscent of what RTW seems to be favouring right now: an oversized, draped body, with slim sleeves to balance the silhouette. I wasn’t sure this look was for me – loose-fitting tops tend to hang off my boobs like a ski-slope, giving the ever-flattering muu-muu effect.

Homer Simpson in a muu muu.
Gas brake honk.

However, the finished project certainly proved me wrong. I find the top flattering and easy to wear, with a bit of the Melbourne chic look (you Victorians will know what I mean). The fabric is a viscose/elastane jersey from The Remnant Warehouse (of course) called Snuggle Grey Stripe Jersey. Snuggle is right! It is so soft and high quality that I want to swathe myself in it. I’ve got a tiny bit left and it is so precious to me, I want to hoard it for the perfect project.

Bilbo Baggins from Lord of the Rings
“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread…it’s become..precious….to me.”

I made a few minor adjustments to the pattern: as the front and back shoulders were the same height, I performed a 1/2″ forward head adjustment. It was evenly applied for the shoulder portion of the shoulder seam (I held the pattern against me to mark where it would hit my shoulder bone), then tapered off to nothing at the sleeve hem. You can see what I did below.

An image of the Tessuti Fave Top pattern pieces. A 1/2" forward head adjustment has been performed.
You can see how I’ve added length to the back shoulder, at right, which is an even 1/2″ at first, tapering to nothing at the sleeve hem. The front shoulder at left has been brought down 1/2″.

I also added 2cm length at the waist, though I probably could’ve added more: though long at the sides, the top is quite short in the CF and back to create the dramatic draped hem.

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.

The pattern has some interesting details; namely, the front neckline is turned under like a facing before sewing the shoulder seams, and the peaked hem at the sides has an appropriate angle in the hem allowance. I fused lightweight stretch interfacing to the neck before turning under, both to make twin needle topstitching smooth and to prevent it stretching out. I would highly recommend stabilising this area, especially if using a viscose jersey as recommended.

I initially stabilised the shoulder seam with some Vilene bias tape (the kind with a tiny twill tape running through it). This proved to be a mistake: the seam needed to stretch, and the tape pulled at the sleeve fabric, creating unsightly gathers and buckles. After some Instagram consultation, I unpicked the hems and shoulder seam (sigh) and removed the tape. Much better.

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.
The wind was up a bit, hence the weird back view. It looks fine usually, I swear.

My only quibble is with the final neckline treatment. You are instructed to sew the shoulder seam at the neckline again, tapering in about 1/2″ from the cut edge. The instructions claim: “This will give a beautiful finish to your neckline and keep the seam anchored away.” But I’m unsure as to why this angle could not be incorporated into the original seam, and felt the second seam left a bulky seam allowance that flapped about. I ended up topstitching it down (see below).

An image of the Tessuti fave top shoulder seam: the second stitching creates a strange, bulky triangle at the neck seam allowance.
Shoulder seam: underside on left, top side on right. See bartack holding seam allowance down.

I would also recommend checking the sleeve circumference before sewing if you are larger than an Aus 12. I find them just tight enough, and can imagine them being quite uncomfortable if you had larger biceps.

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.

But overall, I liked this pattern. The finished garment is on high rotation in my wardrobe, and I’m planning another with some red viscose jersey from my Remnant Warehouse haul. It has whetted my appetite for Tessuti patterns: I’ve got a Mandy Boat Tee ready to share with you and do plan on making a Frankie Dress if I find suitable fabric. I recommend this pattern for those who are comfortable sewing with drapey knits, and like a loose silhouette on top. For those who don’t – you may find this pattern changes your mind! I would only recommend it for plus sizes if you feel confident adjusting the sleeve width.

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.

 

The deets:
Pattern: Tessuti Our Fave Top
Pattern details: Free PDF download from Tessuti. Comes as A4 or copy shop print out. Hand-drafted. One size only. For stretch knits.
Fabric: Snuggle Grey Stripe Jersey, viscose/elastane, from The Remnant Warehouse
Other materials: Tessuti lightweight interfacing to stabilise neck, Steam a Seam Lite 2 for hems
Mods: 1/2″ forward head adjustment for shoulder, tapering to nothing at sleeve hem. 2cm length added at waist.

 

 

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

12 thoughts on “Tessuti Our Fave Top”

  1. Yours turned out great–just the right length. Mine turned out too long and overwhelming, but I’m only 5’2″…so there you go. I don’t know if it’s an Australian style, but I really dig the Tessuti look. Everything is so easy, confident, natural, not trying too hard.

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  2. I think this looks great on you! I didn’t think I would like the swingy top trend, but I’ve made the Mandy Boat tee and I love it! It’s so comfy and I feel so chic in it. I also have the Frankie on my list – can’t wait to see yours!

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