Alexa: winter versions

There’s not much of our mild Winter left so I grabbed Alexa (Tessuti pattern) and made a few Winter versions. Making knit tees is what I do when I’m preparing for another big project. Knit sewing is fun and quick to do while I ponder the details of the ‘next big thing’.

TNT Tee Contest

My earlier Alexa top versions are here, as a jacket base here, experimenting with prints here and here are the handy dress versions I used while travelling earlier this year. So this is certainly a TNT tee.

Fire: Red lace knit

This is the v-neck version and lined with tricot. I was trying for a pretty Winter version.

This fabric was bought at a fabric store in New Zealand a few years ago. 

Mmmm. Not sure the tricot underlayer works. I’ll wear it ‘out’ one night and see how it goes.

Moving on…

Coat of arms: Ribbon knit

I’ve made this style before in jaywalk fabric for a few summer polo tops.

This time I’ve used ribbon fabric bought in Portland a few years ago.

Here’s how the neckline looks now. This is definitely a winter top.

Mustard: wool knit hoodie

This time I’ve added a wrap hood to these two versions using the Avocado hood pattern.

Mustard wool hoodie – dummy view

‘On me’ view looking chuffed with new Jalie Jeans

Dummy view

‘On me’ back view showing off my new Jalie jeans with zippers at the hem.

Tangerine: wool knit hoodie

dummy view
‘on me’ view worn with brown spandex Anita pants pattern from Tessutis ($10 table special)

dummy view
‘On me’ view worn with Brown spandex Tessuti Anita pants.

Both of these wool knit fabrics for these two tops were bought at My Hung in May. They were $7/m and I’ve worn these a lot from day 1. These are soft and warm. I can still wear a thermal layer underneath these for when it’s really chilly.

Date night: Silver knit 

I tried to draft a collar but the points are a bit wing collar style.

Dummy view of Silver version
‘On me’ view worn with Chorizo Anita pants from Tessutis

Dummy back view
Back view on me

I bought this silver knit from Tessuti’s and this knit is soft against my skin. I tried to create soft gathers at the wrist but you can’t really see it.

These are all tunic length because I want to stay warm. 

Ta dah view wearing my grey test Anita ponte pants

I’ll show you the Anita ponte pants story soon – my other Winter staple.

Pattern Review has 51 participants in this contest. It finishes today and voting starts next week. Take a look at the entrants and the variety of TNT tees they’ve used. They’re a creative bunch!

Alexa: a TNT tee

Alexa T-Top is a wardrobe staple and my new TNT tee by Tessutis. This comfortable t-shirt features self neckline binding, a slight flare at hips and 4 sleeve length options, short/cap, elbow, 3/4 and full length. 
I made the small size and used the petite length. I’ll use the normal length for winter tops.

The Alexa instruction book uses big font, real photos and the steps are in a logical order to achieve a no-fuss tee. The pattern is hand drawn and has a nostalgic feel to it.

My adjustments:
Roll shoulders
Sway back
Petite hem length

I traced off both the long and short sleeve lengths.

Basic Alexa 
This first version is the small size but uses the normal length hem. This hem length will be good for winter tops and the petite length is handy for my height.

Below shows the sway back centre back seam to give a nicer shaped fit to the back.

Neckline close up

I’ve used one of the striped sections to keep the black/white feature at my neckline.


This time Alexa has the petite length hem and a v-neckline from McCalls 6247.

V-neck close up has a ‘trekkie’ feel to it.

Centre back view with sway back again.

So then I used a trekkie type fabric…

Just for the fun of it.
Minerva meetup Hiya!
And speaking for about ‘for the fun of it’, a big hiya to all the Minerva bloggers, Minerva family and staff, Minerva crafting group and lovely locals who came to the Minerva Meet up on Saturday.

It’s taken me a few days for it all to start sinking in. #stillinawe

What a weekend! Photos to come but a huge hug to you all from myself and Mr V (Ross).
Forever grateful to have met you all!!!!