Hot! The “Half Way There” Muslin Tee | Adey Lim

Half way there tee

The Facts

Fabric: 2 yards red/pink/purple/orange stripe knit fabric from $11
Notions: None
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: 9 December 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$11

It was love at first sight when I saw the Sweet on Stripes Dress by Stop Staring! on Modcloth. I have not bought a single garment for myself since I started the Sew Weekly Challenge this year and definitely wasn’t gonna spend US$164 on a jersey dress. If I did, the opportunity cost could have been more than 10 yards of fabrics for many projects! But, when this week’s challenge was to self draft a garment, it was the first dress that came to mind. I wanted to make a similar dress using a precious brown/ white stripe poly jersey mixed with strips of red jersey but as I started drafting, I was totally unsure if my idea on paper was going to work and decided to start from basics and sew a muslin from a cheaper rayon jersey fabric in my stash. The 2-yard fabric wasn’t gonna be sufficient for a dress. My plan was to do a muslin at least for the more complicated top bodice/ shoulder/ sleeves/neckline portion. I figured that the midriff and skirt portion should be quite straight forward and less likely to go wrong for the actual dress.IMG_0909Here’s my idea on paper. I later realized the back stripe positioning wasn’t going to work if I wanted those stripes to match at the seams. There were lots of trial & error with so many ideas being tossed or switched along the way and instead of having all pattern pieces ready to be cut, I was working with bit and pieces, pining them onto a tee I was wearing, measuring, drafting new pieces, marking grainlines, adding notches as I went along, without truly knowing if these were correctly marked.


It took more time than I had expected to get the pieces to work together whilst attempting to match the stripes where possible but I am glad that I am half way there in terms of getting the pattern pieces for the dress. And since I spent so much effort and time on the muslin tee which fitted nicely, I decided to finish it off as a tee. I traced the lower half of the tee off an old fitting t-shirt and cut the fabric on the bias for the front chevron effect.  The neckline tie is essentially a straight piece folded with right sides facing, stitched until where the shoulder pieces are, turned right side out and top stitched sandwiching the ends of the shoulder pieces.

The fabric I used for the muslin had both thin and thick multi-colored stripes which complicated the matching of stripes quite a bit. The colors of the stripes were also irregular. The thin stripes for instance had some colors appearing in singles or pairs at various sequences, making it almost difficult to squeeze a tee out of 2 yards of fabric.

Half way there tee 3

My favourite part is the top-down view of the tee where the four shoulder and sleeve pieces meet at the shoulders, forming two diamond shaped design.

Half way there tee 2

I totally forgot to snap a back view photo of the tee but luckily hubby took a picture of me without me knowing while I was walking down the street the same day. *’Papa’razzi!*
Half way there tee 4

I hope to finish drafting the midriff and skirt pieces soon so I can take a stroll in my first self drafted jersey dress. It feels good to be at least half way there.


Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. Fantastic job .. Looks great on you. Cant wait to see the dress too. Happy sewing.

  2. This is really cute!! The way you pieced the stripes is very flattering. This would be a great pattern to post on Burda style when you finish! (Hint hint!) :)

  3. Wow! You did a really great job on this one. It looks fantastic! I can’t believe you managed to match all of those stripes.

  4. This is seriously one of the best things I’ve seen on this blog in a while. Congratulations on a fabulous creation! Thanks for the inspiration! <3

  5. Incredible! You are a master seamstress!

  6. What an amazing shirt, I love the matching stripes, that is always so impressive but takes serious wrangling. This pattern will make a lovely dress too! I liked seeing your drawing and how you transformed it to a garment, very inspiring!

  7. Wow Adey! This is so super impressive with all the matching! I can’t wait to see the dress version!

  8. OH WOW, ADEY…this is SO CUTE!!! I love everything about it! And, that close-up of you is gorgeous :-)

  9. Wow!! What a lovely shirt and will most likely be a more lovely dress! I love the fabric! And the colors on you are perfect!

  10. I love it as a shirt. You might need to make both!

  11. Super cute Adey! I love the fabulous neckline that you drafted, and the tie is a great touch. Well done!

  12. You are like my hero. All those matching stripes… I don’t think I could draft something like this to save my life!

  13. I love your creativity.

  14. Love!!! That is a fantastic tee, and will be a superb dress.

  15. Wow, this is amazing! Looking forward to seeing the dress!

  16. I love it!! I adore how you used the bright stripes. This top looks special and fun!

  17. Adey, this looks amazing! Fantastic job!!

  18. Adey! this is bananas, I think you could easily draft your own patterns. Hello!! new pattern range? “A Pattern Adey Patterns” what ya think? :P

  19. ADEY! So great! You’re amazing and I love your drawings and photos! xoxo

  20. well you KNWO i love all these stripes. that back is stunning! can’t wait to see the full ensemble….