Today is an exciting day for two reasons! First: after work today, I’m headed up to Chicago so that I can FLY TO ITALY TOMORROW! My bags are packed, I’ve got my passport, and I’m ready to go. Second: today is the release of the new Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee pattern! I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for this adorable tee and dress, and it’s totally a wardrobe staple.
Some housekeeping before we get started: since I will be out of the country for a while, things may be quiet over here for the next week and a half. I have a few posts written, but not automatically scheduled to post like I normally set them up to be. If I have the time (and wifi) to publish blog posts or post on Instagram, I will! But there’s also the possibility that you won’t hear a lot from me until the second week of July.
Anyways: now, the Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee!
Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee
Fabric and Sizing
To be honest, I think I totally copied a test version Gabriela made of this dress! I remember seeing a black dress as an example photo that totally sold me on this pattern. Not that I needed a ton of convincing, though…
I used this suuuuuuper soft rayon spandex for my version, and a black rayon scrap for the ties. I’d been eyeing this rayon for a while, so I was happy to finally have an excuse to buy some! I really wanted to make a regular Jeanne tee out of it, but it’s hand wash and line dry only which is too much work for me for an everyday tee shirt. It is, however, something I can rationalize for a super cute black dress. This fabric is thin, and I wondered if the dress would be too heavy for it. I think it hangs really well and doesn’t look like it’s pulling at all!
I’m a 4 or 6 in Chalk and Notch patterns, and made a 4 in this version. It’s got the relaxed fit the pattern intends for, but I don’t feel lost in it. I also used the length for the largest pattern size, #sewingtall friends! It’s not work-appropriate but I didn’t want it to be.
Sewing the Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee
One thing I’ve always loved about Chalk and Notch patterns is their amazing directions. Gabriela introduced me to PDFs with links that go to other parts of the PDF and it. is. LIFE CHANGING! This is Gabriela’s first pattern with a new layout for her patterns, but don’t worry — the amazing quality is still there.
The Pixie Tee is a very quick sew, perfect for an emergency date night or vacation dress. Gabriela’s pattern tests are in three stages, and she makes adjustments to the pattern after each stage. I was in the first round, so my final dress might look a little different from the one that you make! But I think most of the modifications were actually to the other view, so you should be all good.
I used my twin needle, aka my favorite invention of all time. Seriously, this needle makes all the difference when sewing knits without a serger! I can’t recommend it enough.
Okay friends, that’s it from me today. Time to brave the rain, bring my luggage out to my car, and head to work!