Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Blanc T-Shirt Worn Two Ways

We spend most of the summer away from home. Living out of a suitcase for a few weeks at a time makes the idea of a summer capsule wardrobe very appealing. I followed the Style Bee 10 x 10 summer challenge very closely because I'm always looking ways to pack less, but wear more. At the end of last summer I made this crisp white Blanc T-Shirt from Blank Slate Patterns* for the Melly Sews blog. At the time I thought it was an exercise in white t-shirts (I also have a Jane Tee by Seamwork and a couple of styles of Lark Tee by Grainline Studio in the same white fabric for comparison purposes), but it's turned out to be a lesson in versatility. For the Melly Sews post, I came up with two simple outfits around the Blanc Tee.

The first outfit is the Blanc Tee tucked into brown linen, pull-on, wide-leg pants (my own pattern). Worn with classic black sandals, and a long necklace (that I got for my 18th birthday! #slowfashion :) it's an easy everyday look. 

The fabric for the t-shirt is Telio Organic Cotton Jersey Knit Off White (I would just call it white) from Fabric.com*.  I have at least 3 kinds of white cotton jersey knit in my fabric cabinet, and this is by far my favorite one. It is the perfect (perfect!) weight, drape, stretch, opacity, and resiliency for t-shirts I bought 2 yards. Knit tops tend to fit a little differently depending on the fabric, so I sew up a white muslin in this fabric so I can isolate the fit variables, and make the modifications that work for my body. My "real" version of the Blanc Tee never made the blog (not because I don't wear it, because this white one stole its thunder. You can catch a glimpse of it on Instagram.)

The second look is the same white Blanc Tee tucked into a knee length black rayon gathered skirt (my own pattern). I wear it with a brass and leather statement necklace and some snazzy "snake skin" sandals for slightly more dressed up occasions.  

A white t-shirt goes with everything, and I'm pretty sure you can never have too many. Of all my white t-shirts I wear this one the most. The dolman sleeve is an easy fit, and this knit is the perfect weight for tops. I've been rationing its wear lately because I want to keep it nice. Time to throw caution to the wind, I can always make another!

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Shirt Pattern: Blanc Tee from Blank Slate Patterns*
Pants Fabric: Sew Classic Club Linen in Tobacco Potting from Joann Fabric
Skirt Fabric: Telio Viscose Rayon Challis Onyx from Fabric. com

*Blank Slate Patterns & Fabric.com links are affiliate links. 






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11 comments:

  1. Both outfits are really lovely. I especially love your linen pants, they look wonderful!

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    1. Thanks! The are definitely favorites...I think it's the elastic waist. :)

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  2. I love both of these outfits so much, and those snakeskin sandals are so cute! I've already sort of copied your pants and now I think I might need to knock off the skirt, too. I've already got two white tees, one woven and one knit, but maybe I need another one! What is that they say about imitation, again? ;)

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    1. Ha! It's the circle of internet sewing! The beauty of handmade is that no two are ever exactly alike. :)

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  3. Did you base your linen pants off of a pattern? I just love these but have never self drafted anything. Your style is so practical but classy! Your blog is one of my favorites!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! Thats so nice to hear! I used a pattern drafting book, and a lot of trial and error, to draft them from scratch based on my own preferences (i.e. high rise, pockets, elastic waist). Pants (pattern and RTW) never fit my big ol' butt, I figured it would take as long to tweak an existing pattern as it would to make my own. I forget the name of the book, if you're interested let me know and I will dig it up.

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  4. That is a lovely white t-shirt. I especially like the neckline.
    Now, I'm off to brush my hair which is what your beautiful blog posts always inspire me to do :)

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    1. Thanks Shelly! I promise you my hair only look well taken care of in pictures! ;)

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