The SHAWL TEE from Petite Plus Patterns is a fast, easy pattern to cut and sew. There are no darts, no collars, no buttons or zips and no sleeves to fit; yet this is an elegant top that you can wear casually or for a special occasion.
The two pieces in this top – a sleeveless tank in stretch fabric and a poncho-style shawl in light-weight sheer fabric are each sewn separately, then joined together along the neckline.
A few tips as you follow the instructions in the guide sheet:
Serging is optional based on the needs of your fabric. Most stretch woven fabrics don’t fray, so I don’t serge these seams. Chiffon, on the other hand is likely to fray, so clean-finish these seams with serging, zigzag or seam tape.
Choose light to medium-weight, knit or stretch-woven fabric with a *smooth hand and at least 10% stretch. Fabrics such as ITY, ponté, jersey and interlock are perfect for the tank.
*Avoid having your overlay and tank “sticking” by using a smooth and silky stretch-fabric for the tank.
This stretch fabric is quite stable, so I didn’t need to use stay tape on the shoulders.
The armhole trim is cut either on bias or with the greatest stretch running lengthwise. The trim shown is 2 cm (3/4 in) wide. The guide sheet directs you to serge along one edge but I omitted this step because the fabric is not one that frays.
Press the trim & seam allowance toward the armhole opening.
Turn the armhole trim into its finished position, rolling the fabric firmly and evenly over the raw edge of the seam allowance to the inside of the tank.
From the right side of the tank, stitch the armhole trim. Use a narrow seam and stitch closely to the original seam line. Take your time; use your fingers to feel that the trim is sitting smoothly as you proceed.
First Side Seam
Hem Prep – Do this now for a fast hem later.
Do you hate the tedium of “measure & pin, measure & pin”? This hem-prep will speed up your hemming technique.
Open the tank and lay face down on a flat surface.
Second Side Seam
Assembling the Shawl
Stitch front to back along shoulder seams of shawl.
Serge to clean finish the shoulder seams, then press.
A rolled edge hem is perfect for this light-weight Shawl and it’s easy to do, even with my old serger. I used three threads and my serger’s rolled edge foot. The machine manual suggests a range of stitch length & stitch widths as well as tension settings. I experimented on scrap chiffon before working on the actual garment. You want a rolled edge that sits flat – not puckered or stretched out.
Attaching Tank & Shawl
Turn the Tank right side out. Place the Shawl inside the Tank with the RIGHT side of shawl against the WRONG side of Tank.
Under-stitching will ensure that your neckline sits smoothly and doesn’t roll out in a funny way.
Your Shawl Tee is almost done. A couple little anchors will prevent the light-weight Shawl from shifting and “blowing up” in the breeze.
Give your Shawl Tee a final light pressing. The garment can now be placed on a hanger.
The Shawl Tee is a downloadable pattern. Print the pattern on letter or A4 sized paper. Also included in the file is a Copy Shop version for wide format printers. Copy Shop version requires roll paper that is 36 inches wide.
Pattern price is US $15. Canadians may purchase at par by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org