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Makers Journal | The Tyra Tee Hack

🤍 The Tyra Tee... Dress 🤍

This is round three of the Tyra Tee by Just Patterns for me and I would say it is heading towards TnT pattern status. It has a great boxy shape and relaxed silhouette, perfect for our knits.⁠

I've been imagining this dress version after eyeing up a similar, very stylish ready to wear number on the street. I also wanted it to be a bit more fancy than your average tee dress and the Soft Lima is exactly that.⁠ ⁠

The Soft Lima knit by MeetMILK was one of the samples Ainsley and I struggled to narrow down. We couldn't get over how buttery soft it felt, the weight of it and the potential for it to elevate basics. So we ended up with it in almost every colour way.

After much humming and hawing and draping and consultation with Ainsley, I chose the colour shell... despite it being the least practical considering my proximity to grubby six-year-old boy hands.⁠


About the fabric🪡⁠ ⁠

This fabric is made from 100% LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose⁠ fibres. These fibres are a more environmentally and socially responsible alternative to generic viscose. If you want to read more about why you can check out our blog WTF is Viscose? for all the nitty gritty (check out our product pages or head to Our Fibres).

It pre-washed nicely but don't be alarmed if it initially looks like it shrunk more than the 5% stated by the manufacturer (like I was😅). It relaxed and grew after ironing (on low heat) and wear. This is similar to generic viscose in which the fibres sometimes tighten after washing and relax with gentle pressing⁠ 

White, beige and black knit fabrics hanging over wooden bench against white backdrop


About the process✂️⁠ ⁠

I cut a size 40 (pattern available in size 34-60, B/C + DD cup)⁠ .⁠ To hack this tee into a dress I simply extended the length at the side seams by 40cm and the sleeves by 5cm. I stabilised the shoulders using some Mobilon Tape from my stash and bound the back neckband with self fabric to give it that professional kiss, something I have started doing regularly to my knit tees⁠.

I was pleasantly surprised at how painless this was to sew. It was much more stable than I expected considering its smooth hand. There was little puckering or slipping⁠.


Concluding thoughts

A super quick sew and great option for beginners looking to try their hand sewing knits⁠. I love this pattern and I wish I could drape you all in this fabric so you could feel what I feel. It is absolutely divine!⁠ ⁠


Caring for your Ecovero™

One of the most often overlooked but effective ways of increasing the longevity of our clothing is ensuring we care for it appropriately. Check out our how to care guide.


🤍 Kathryn⁠




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