Today’s tutorial comes from one of the Briar pattern testers AKA my dear friend and all-around awesome gal Miranda of One Little Minute. She is such a honey and a really wonderful creative seamstress. I love how this variation has just enough sparkle to make it appropriate for daytime and nighttime – I think you’re going to love it too!
Take it away Miranda!
As the weather slowly warms up here in DC, I’ve been pulling together some comfy, summer basics. At the top of my list is several versions of my very favourite tee shirt, the Briar Tee! I think I’m up to five, and I have a few more yards of knit set aside for additional Briars. The shape and hemline are super flattering and hip, and I love how easily this tee sews up. I can make one in about thirty minutes, which leaves plenty of time for reading a book and making chocolate chip cookies during the rest of nap time.
Today, I want to share a simple variation that gives the Briar tee a fun detail: sequins inside the pocket! I call it my “pocket full of gold” tee. The simple pop of sparkle makes me smile and is so easy to add. Click through for the full tutorial!
Use the patch pocket pattern piece and cut a pocket from sequined fabric. (You can use either the round or square pocket and the steps are the same.) After cutting the pocket, trim the pocket down 1/4″ around the sides and bottom (not the top).
Next, unpick the seam allowance from your now-smaller pocket piece. This step is important so you don’t sew over the sequins! Pin the pocket in place, and zig-zag stitch around the entire pocket piece, as if it were an applique. You want the sequined piece to be secure to the tee shirt front.
If you unpicked the sequins from the seam allowance well, you should be able to avoid hitting any as you stitch this piece down.
Next, fold and sew the top of the knit pocket according to pattern instructions. Place the pocket over the sequined piece, and stitch in place. If you have some edges of the un-picked sequin fabric showing, go back and hand stitch a few sequins back on to fill it in completely.
Then you’re done with the pocket! A cute little pocket full of gold! Can you believe how simple that was?
Finish up the Briar tee according to the pattern instructions, and enjoy your new top! (I added a couple inches of length to this one to make it more tunic-like to wear with my new handmade tuxedo stripe leggings.) This tee can’t seem to stay in my closet because I keep wanting to wear it!
Now, all that I need to be ready for summer is…well, the sun! It’s making an appearance slowly but surely, and once it’s here it blazes with a vengeance. I’m sure I’ll have plenty more opportunities to don my Pocket Full of Gold Briar Tee in the months (years) to come!
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- How to sew the square patch pocket
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- How to sew a neckline binding (the Megan Nielsen way)
- How to sew a neckline binding (the traditional/standard way)
- The easiest knit neckline around
- Inserting the sleeves & sewing up the side seams
- Variation: How to draft elbow length sleeves
- Variation: A Valentine Briar sweater
- Variation: Centre front seam
- Variation: Side pocket Briar (by MadMim)
- Variation: The easy way to go sleeveless
- Variation: Leather elbow patches
- Variation: The dress
- Variation: Leather shoulder patches