Maven Somerset T Shirt

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Its not usual that I pounce on something newly released to make. Most of my makes have been swimming about in my head for months!

This is the new Somerset T Shirt from Maven Patterns.

I even printed it out on A4 and stuck it together; such was my haste!

It was those sleeves coupled with the perfect boat neck that got me.

Made up solely on my overlocker and cover stitch machine (not that you need either of those).

It took less than 2 hrs from start to finish

This was lovely for a pub lunch on Sunday

The cuffs can be worn low on the wrist or pushed up for a more voluminous sleeve.

The pattern leads you by the hand and is totally beginner friendly, with lots of tips for construction.

To gather the sleeves it uses shirring elastic but I didn’t have any in my stash. Instead I basted a wide zigzag along the bottom of the sleeve and then threaded (with a wide eye needle) some thicker thread through the zigzag.

Once I had sewn up the sleeve seam I gathered the thicker thread so the sleeve would fit nicely in the cuff (much like a sleeve head in a shirt) , tied it off and sewed it onto the cuff with my over locker.

Then you have to remember to cut lose the thicker thread in order to allow the cuff to stretch again!!!

This tiny animal print jersey was pulled from the bins at Abakhan Mostyn, so was easy on the purse too. It did have print faults in it but approximately 2m gave me plenty to work around – the pattern only takes 1.3m.

I cut out a size 10 but graded to a size 12 at the waist and back down to a size 10 on the hips. My fabric was quite fine and I didn’t want it too clingy.

I’m extremely happy with this top. I’ve already cut out another.

Love, Lucie xx


    1. So glad you like it. This was with quite fine fabric. I’m really interested to see how my next one turns out as it’s a little thicker – and more like what the designer had in mind – I think.
      Would you extend the bottom, much like the TATB Coco?

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  1. I love your top! I can understand why you made it up so quickly. I don’t usually do this either. I recently did this with another pattern and I am now on version 2. I am going to have to give this one a try myself. I love the fabric you used for this!

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