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What’s that? Another pattern test so soon? Why yes! Until now I’ve always avoided double booking pattern tests, but I couldn’t say no to this one.
Slowly, over the past 2 years, I’ve been working on really narrowing down my closet choices. It’s been a combination of RTW (ready to wear, or store bought) and handmade, with a strong emphasis on fit and the “new” shape of my post second c-section/added an extra handful of pounds after babies body.
One of my absolute favourite shirts in the years long before kids was a Nike off the shoulder, dark grey french terry long sleeve. It had a dark grey neck band, banded hem, and short sleeve cuffs. You’re probably thinking of the ones with the bright neon branding across the front, and it wasn’t one of those. There was no branding or words whatsoever, except for a teeeeeeeensy dark grey swoosh near the bottom band on the hip. The sleeves were the same length, so that I could wear it off of either shoulder or equally off both as an extra wide boatneck. I actually wore it so long and so often that I wore the fabric threadbare in a few spots. Is it sounding dreamy yet?
Well don’t worry, it is the most dreamy off the shoulder shirt you will ever wear, and I’ve found the perfect replacement! My Nike version had raglan sleeves, and the Bellevue Top from New Horizons Designs has dolman style sleeves, but all of those other dreamy things that I loved about that old Nike are in this pattern too. My favourite is the versatility: this can easily be thrown on after the gym or a soccer game until I can get home to shower, or I can dress it up or down as part of my regular momiform too. A cute strappy back tank or bralette can up the style factor even more.
I chose to use a light grey french terry to replicate my old love, but with metallic pink stars and solid pink bands to brighten up this winter. If we say it enough, spring will actually show up sooner, right? This top is a simple sew that went together quickly, and this one is already in heavy rotation in my new wardrobe. This is the long sleeved shirt version, and the pattern includes short banded sleeves and a longer tunic length as well if you like to cover your bum.
Do you love to DIY? You can find what I used here: