Finished Objects: Bow Tie Tee View B and Pattern!

Worn with Maria Jeans

It’s finished- both pattern and “View B!” I used lilac colored rayon for the yoke and accents, and pale blue cotton for the body.  I like wearing both of these colors, they work for me and fit into my wardrobe.  It’s fun to use them in the same garment; the result reminds me of some kind of girly sportswear.

When I made the pinstriped version of this top, I mentioned the possibility of making it into a dress.  Not this time.  For one, I decided I don’t like the look of a light-colored knit dress on me.  Not even a little bit.  For the other, I’m working out a way to make a skirt pattern without using a ream of paper.  I’ll get back to you on that.

Here’s the reversed shots for those who prefer to be interesting from behind.  I like it both ways.  There’s not much else to say about this pattern I haven’t said already, except to show you a few pieces of the Bow Tie Tee pattern available on Craftsy.

If you’ve worked with my downloadable patterns in the past, I hope you will enjoy the cleaner and tidier drawings and diagrams in this pattern.  The Bow Tie Tee is probably not the best pattern to learn to sew knits, but it’s not terribly difficult if you have a smidgen of knit experience under your belt.

I hit on my preferred method for imaging patterns while working on the Bow Tie Tee.  When I printed my copies, they went together MUCH quicker than previously.  Many thanks to everyone who has emailed me with suggestions on how to improve my work.  My ears are still open!

This is also my first multi-sized pattern: sizes 35-55, the same as my free tee pattern.

The last time I looked, 53 copies of the Hack for this month were downloaded.  Cool!  Please let me know if I’m a good drafting teacher or a bad one.   I’ll archive the hacks each month on the Blank Canvas Tee page.

Speaking of, I’m setting my sights on making a final version of the BCT.  It was a really fun experiment, I learned a lot, and now I want to put up a pretty (free) multi-sized version which reflects all our edits.

I also want to add a size 30- if you have a 30″ bust and would like to help me answer a few questions of proportion, please email me or leave a comment and I’ll email you.

Finally, I thought it would be useful to make a flickr group for garments made from the BCT, the hacks and the pattern.  I’m always inspired by the work of others, and by seeing another sewist wearing the clothes (s)he’s made.  I thought this would be easier than trying to maintain a gallery.  If you’d like to join, click here.

I’m already plotting March- which will actually be published in March!  I got a little behind in February.  Here’s a peek:

Cotton crocheted insertion lace.  Whisper-weight linen/cotton slub knit.  Oh yes, there will be a lace and materials giveaway.

Visit Craftsy to take a look at the pattern– I also made a button for my sidebar for easy reference.

Thank you so much for all your encouragement while I play with pattern-making.  Your enthusiasm keeps me going!  :)


  1. Gorgeous. I can’t wait to make this up. Now I just need some more time ;-) But it’s definitely on the “To Do” list.

  2. Those colours look great on you! It is a great version of the top. It goes very well with the Maria Jeans shorts.

    PS I have a 31″ bust so might be able to help with your questions.

  3. I love this version too! That pattern is definitely a winner! Thanks for working so hard on it and sharing it with everybody :)

  4. Oooh, that is some nice colorblocking there! I like how it looks all normal on one side, then BOOM! awesome cutout! I’m looking forward to the lace hack for this month.

    I was thinking, how would you feel about making a “BCT Hacker” button for people to put on their blog? I think this pattern is great and I want more people to have a chance to hack it so that I can shamelessly hack their hacks. :)

  5. Love the t, the colour blocking looks great. Both versions look so good from the front it’s hard to say which I like better.

    Are those new pants as well? They look good too.

    • Thanks. The pants are about a year old…. I made them from a Burda pattern, they have a sort of corsetty waistband top.. Which looks great with wovens but weeeeeeird with knits.

      • And on second look to read the comments I saw the link to the pants post. I see what you mean about the waistband, pretty, but what makes it stand out also makes it work with some looks more than others. It looks good with the untucked top here.

        • Yes… I’m exploring other waistbands for casual pants… I do like to tuck, but knits look so weird tucked in. But I also hate the jeans buttons poking through the fabric look, which is why I like to make shorter shirts… Hmm.

  6. Very pretty top. I like how you handled the colour blocking. And I never realized your top was reversable! Very cool.

    Sorry to hear you don’t like that colour on you. I think the colours look fresh and cool, and very nice on you. But you’re the one who has to wear it. Unless you send it my way! ;)

  7. Yes, it looks like sportswear to me, too! :-) Very pretty – I love that light blue myself.

    I have not made the Blank Canvas Tee yet myself – I have other projects, and don’t have a knit on hand (not one I would want to use on it, anyway). But here’s one thing I noticed:
    Wasn’t the tee originally in two versions, one for a “straight” figure and one for a more curvy one (using the word “curvy” in the original sense, of course)? When I downloaded it now, it wasn’t; I’m mentioning it because I think the difference between sizes by 12 or more centimeters, with the advice to use the larger size and take it in at the sides, is a bit tricky – my bust measurement is 90 cm, but my waist measurement is about 70, so the larger size would be waaaaay too big for me – even at the bust it would be a bit too much. And I think taking it in at the sides would be wasteful, so I downloaded the smaller size. – Just thought I’d let you know there is this kind of problem. What you do with it is up to you – I know I’m still just thankful for the pattern, even though I’ll probably have to alter it quite a bit.

    • Well… The idea was to make a simple and easily customizable pattern that I could then use to make hacks. For the fun of it. And to teach a little drafting.

      My bust falls between 35 and 40. I used the 40 with dramatically scooped in sides for all but my most recent hack. For that one, I went down to a 35. I still took in the sides a little bit, but not so much. I would say if you prefer a closer fitting tee, go for the size below. I am not sure why taking it in at the sides is wasteful. I mean, sure you’ll end up with a sliver of fabric left over but I’m not sure you wouldn’t leave a piece like that on the cutting table anyway. Taking it in at the sides is a way to find out intuitively how to alter your pattern. If you prefer, you can use a quarter of your waist measurement, positioned at the waist as a guide to altering the pattern. My pattern piece side seams are weirdly curved, which actually works quite well in a knit. You really only have to get the width right for that kind of fabric/ pattern. (And the shoulder-bust proportions, but that’s another story…)

      Remember, it’s a knit. Knits are not meant to be taken very seriously. Try not to overthink it. :)

      As for II and V, I realized it was a little too complex for a simple knit top, and rather unnecessary.

      I’m releasing a “final” version of the BCT next week.. Prettier, cleaner, multi-sized with a 30″ bust as well… Longer, too, as per a multitude of requests.

      • Thanks for the reply. I knew, more or less, the reasoning behind it, but I thought I’d share mine… just for the fun of it, too, and perhaps giving you an idea of what to cover in your pattern instructions (and not just for this one pattern!). If that makes sense. I did not mean to be nitpicky at all! I just did not do a good job of it, I’m afraid.
        You know, I tend to be frugal with my cuttings if at all possible, and I thought, better leave one bigger piece of weird-shaped remnant than two smaller ones. :-)

        Oh, and I noticed another thing. And this one IS nitpicky, but meant well. Your lace is SO NOT crochet.
        I need to find a piece of actual scallopped and picotted crochet lace to make it more demonstrational…

        • Yes of course… I did have a little *sigh* moment, but you’re right, it would be a good idea to put all of that in every pattern. Thank you.

          Ok. It’s not crochet. Thank you again. It *looks* a heck of a lot like crochet, but I am happy to leave that sort of thing to lace experts. I’ll be sure to mention it next time the lace shows up in a post.

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