Hot! The “Simply Slinky” T-Shirt | Sarah Gabbart

Fabric: I think it’s georgette, but I am stumped as to where I bought it or how much I paid – yay stash?
Pattern: Salme PatternsLoose Fitting Pleated T-Shirt
Year: c. 2011
Notions: none
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: December 2011
Wear again? Absolutely!

Total Cost: $?!?

This has been a crazy fall, friends. I swear that it was August yesterday and today it’s somehow the week before Christmas?!?!? What?!? It’s so crazy, that I totally took it down to the wire with this week’s challenge – thank goodness it was a “do whatever!” week, because this T-shirt and it’s less than 2 hour construction saved my behind after I got behind in my to dos this week.

I stumbled across a slew of awesome PDF pattern sites this weekend (thanks to Pinterest)- Victory Patterns, Pattern Runway and Salme Patterns. Merry Christmas to me – I went BANANAS in these shops y’all. After gorging myself on beautiful, affordable patterns, I decided to get my booty in gear and make one already.

I decided on the Pleated T-Shirt by Salme because it was A) adorable and B) I had some lovely georgette in my stash that needed a good project. Two hours later, I was wearing my T-shirt and going “Heck yeah!” in the mirror. God Bless PDFs.

Detail 1

The project was very simple – I marked the pleats, stitched down the center so that it’s easier to find the pleat line, sewed them together, and assembled the shirt. It was super easy, quick and I only said one swear the whole time (thanks for the burn steamy iron!). I highly recommend this pattern for anyone who is wanting a chic but minimal top no matter what their sewing level.

Now to start next week’s challenge project – a week early so that I don’t get carried away with Christmas! Happy holidays y’all!


Sarah Gabbart


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  1. I went crazy at Victory patterns this week, too. I’ve been looking at Salme for a while but the patterns that I want aren’t in my size and I’m too lazy to grade them. That being said, your blouse looks wonderful! I love the horizontal tucks and it looks so elegant in the georgette.

  2. I love the independent pattern designers. I’m even willing to pay more for their patterns than I am with the Big 4 pattern companies. Gotta support small biz!

  3. Good post and welcome to my website:

  4. I love all these pattern companies. I am extremely tempted by the whole release of Victory Patterns. I have been able to hold back for two days, but I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to last!

  5. margueritedesigns

    Love the shirt.

  6. This is a great top. I’ve been meaning to try the Playsuit pattern from Salme Patterns for a time now and I guess I won’t be able to resist the urge for long! Yay for PDF patterns :)

  7. Stunning! Great combo of pattern, fabric and color. Looks sweet on you, too. Well done!

  8. I’ve been eye this off and I must say your version has got me into action. A beautiful colour on you!

  9. This looks great. I have been wanting to make this for awhile, but wanted to see someone else’s version first. Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is just beautiful! The colour and pretty details look so lovely on you, Sarah. Well done!

  11. That is a lovely top. I’ve been trying to make myself more tops recently that aren’t jersey. Although I’m trying very hard not to buy more patterns, and sew from my back issues of Burda, this one is incredibly tempting.

  12. LOve the scissor collection on the wall. I bet a great post would be what scissors are good for what!

  13. Thanks so much for posting those links! Those sites are great and I had never heard of them.
    That color is amazing, one of my favorites :)

  14. oooo…have to look those up! On another note…your sewing station is too cute…puts my messy room to shame.

  15. I’ve been looking for a simple t-shirt pattern and this one seems perfect! Great job :)

  16. What a lovely pattern and the colour of the fabric is beautiful. Love it!