The Birds Swing-Top Tee

Jumping straight into the lounge-wear category of the Palette Challenge here is a super comfy tee using a bird-print jersey scored at Saeeds Fabric during Claire’s Walthamstow Meet-up.

The pattern is the Swing-Top from the kick-ass Dixie-DIY. Although this early version has been discontinued Dixie has just released her new Concert-tee pattern which I have earmarked as soon as I find the perfect wide-striped knit.

The other super find on Dixie’s site is the Never Fear Knits series she made last year – a seriously comprehensive guide to sewing with knit fabric. Using all the tips this top came together in less than two hours after printing the pattern and would be perfect as a first foray into sewing jersey. I used a zigzag stitch for all the seams and left it un-hemmed.

To say this is comfortable is an understatement – it is ridiculous and now I want to make a million of them.

Operation lounge-wear is off to a flying start!!


  • Ginger May 09, 2012

    Too cute! Love that bird print!

  • Kerry May 09, 2012

    What a fab t shirt, the style shows off the print perfectly. Thanks for the link, because I DO fear knits 🙂

  • unlabelled clothes May 09, 2012

    That’s super cute!

  • Wanett May 09, 2012

    It’s so cute!! l love the bird print and the swing of the bottom of the shirt!

  • Claire (aka Seemane) May 09, 2012

    Great t-shirt :)! This free BurdaStyle Pattern – 1 piece Kimono Tee has a similar silhouette too.

  • sallie May 10, 2012

    I love that pattern! And I seriously have to get on that concert tee pattern! So perfect!!

  • sallie May 10, 2012

    I love that print! And I seriously have to get on that concert tee pattern! So perfect!!

    • sallie May 10, 2012

      woops! got this in there twice – but you know what i mean 😉

  • Lynne May 11, 2012

    What a fab top, and I love the fabric! 🙂

  • Carly May 13, 2012

    I love it when you find a piece like this that you really like!

  • Suzie May 14, 2012

    Love it!!! This looks so great on you, and super comfy. Totally in love with that print too.

  • Stephanie May 14, 2012

    Cute, cute! I love that print and it’s a darling fit on you.

    I can’t wait to try her Concert Tee. In fact, I may cut into it today!

  • dixie May 14, 2012

    Hey, thanks for using my pattern! It looks great on you and I love that bird print! Fantastic!!

  • Sigrid May 15, 2012

    Perfect version! I like the fabric unhemmed too. It seems to have better drape that way than a bulky hem.

  • Lyndsay May 24, 2012

    What a great top. Fit, fabric, funky birds…I love everything about it.

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