It’s been quite some time since I’ve worked on a Named pattern, mostly because I found either their garments were either way too tight (and required too many modifications to make it fit the way I wanted) or had too much ease for my taste. But, because I wanted a knot tee, I decided to give them a try again…. and I’m glad I did because I love this shirt!
I wound up selecting the Selja Knot Tee for this project because it seemed to have a great drape, but still have the tie (not a knotted twist like the Harbor Knot), even though it was on the side and not the middle like I originally wanted. One thing that surprised me was that the printed pattern still needs to be traced after the pages are taped together- I can’t remember if this was always the case with Named. I was also surprised that the front has a seam along the left side – you can see it in the line drawing, but not on the model.
As for the fabric, everyone can be surprised…. I went with a solid (I should probably mention that I made this in a double brushed poly, it was not my first choice in fabric, but it did sew up well and has great drape). I figured if this top worked out, it would look good with the Heat Wave Hot Pants I made last summer, but never wore because I couldn’t find a top that I liked to go with it (and ran out of time to make one). FYI, you can see the outfit together on my Instagram post.
The sewing on this one really is easy – just be prepared for a bit of extra hemming (the ties add a bit more work than a standard tee). And the fit? I think it’s perfect! In fact, I love it so much I may make a second one, this time either color blocking the left side or morphing the pattern together to eliminating the seam all together.