When Striped Swallow Designs released their Harbor Knot Tee pattern I bought it that very day. I have never fallen in love with a pattern that fast or bought a pattern the day it released. I usually like to take time to think about a pattern, think about fabric choices, and think about how it would fit in my thoughtful wardrobe. I’m really picky about patterns because I already have a lot of patterns that rarely get used so I like to spend my money on patterns that I know I’ll use. Anyway, I loved the Harbor Knot Tee because it’s a comfortable tee, but the little knot detail brings it up a level.
I made this first muslin to try out the pattern, and luckily, it’s a wearable muslin. I’ve already worn it a lot. I used a thin, drapey, polka dot jersey fabric that was in my stash. I don’t remember where I got it originally, but here’s some similar blush rayon fabrics. It doesn’t have a whole lot of recovery, but it has a good drape. I can’t wait to try the Harbor Knot Tee again in another fabric.
My measurements fell in between size XS and S, but after reading some test reviews and reading through the pattern instructions I decided to just make a straight XS. I’m glad I did because I think I could still make it even smaller. I even took out an inch at the waist after finishing the Harbor Knot Tee. I didn’t know how the pattern pieces would turn into a knot so it was hard to do any altering before sewing it up.
I also lengthened the bodice 1″ just under the sleeves. I’m 5’10” but I didn’t need to add any height over the bust or to the sleeve cap. The next one I’ll make will have a different look because I will use fabric with better recovery, but I want to make the sides a little tighter so it hugs my frame just a little more.
The pattern pieces were pretty straightforward and the instruction were good. I was able to follow the line drawings easily. The knot part was hard to understand just from pictures, but there’s a video explaining how to do that step which makes it a lot easier. I would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to tackle a little bit of a challenge and make a really amazing tee!
I tried a new hemming trick with my double needle which made my hems look better than they have in a long time. I’ve been avoiding knits since last summer because I was so fed up with my double needle tunneling everything. I’d tried so many tricks that wasn’t working, but I finally found one that worked. Here’s how to use a twin needle!