So my first foray into Sprout is complete. I ordered several items; a bowtie for the fella, a Moneta because I want to have a go-to dress pattern that doesn’t make me feel like a lump, and a Lark Tee because I saw the Donut Cats fabric pattern and knew I needed it in my life somehow.
I have been making Larks since the pattern came out and I really want it to work. Based on my chest measurement I had tried making a much smaller size than I needed to suit my shoulders. I bumped up several sizes when ordering from Sprout and think I may have found something that works.
So Sprout has a really good thing going on here. If there is one thing I dislike about sewing it’s the tracing and cutting out a pattern bit. I know most folks would put taping together a PDF paper pattern at the top of the list, but I find that kind of a nice chill-out activity.
Ha, please ignore the litter box in the background. You’re never far from cats in this apartment. Cutting it out was easy-peasy and the fabric was very kind and didn’t fray or stretch out on me while I was working.
I honestly don’t know where I would wear this. It’s a bit over the top, even for me. The fella pointed out that the fabric has a strange sheen to it . . . like it doesn’t pick up shadows well when it folds. Something about it is strange, but I like it none the less. It makes me laugh every tim I look at it, which is all I can hope for.
Lark Tee by Grainline Studio // Sprout Patterns printing
Fabric: Performance Piqué – I picked this one in part because of the price point and in part because of it being made in the USA. I’m trying hard to cut down on my use of sweatshop labour and it’s haaaaard when buying fabrics.
Pattern Description: Slim-fit tee
Pattern Sizing: 0 – 18. I made a 12 this go round.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, this one was pretty spot on.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy as cake!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I’m not sure if it is the pattern or me (probably me) but I’m finding a bit of a weird fit along the shoulders . . . it’s pulling in a strange way across the front when I stand up straight.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I should learn how to use a twin needle for a cleaner finish – I usually just do a single row of stitching around sleeves, neck, etc.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This pattern is pretty great, I would say it’s a super intro into working with knits and making things with sleeves. I learn a new thing ever time I make one so I’d 100% tell folks to give it a go.