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A Breton tee with a difference

Added Nov 1, 2011

by squirrellypoo

London, United K...






Last week I had the great pleasure to be able to put my friend Cindy up at ours while she visited from LA. Cindy and I met while studying at Penn State, when we initially bonded over Fly Nap huffing jokes in honours biology lab (yet neither of us use our Biology degrees, hmmm), but we’ve stayed in contact ever since, despite a transatlantic move for me, and three different big city moves for her. With good friendships like this, within five minutes of being in the same room again, it’s like the years apart were never there. In any case, while she was over I said I’d make her something (though I did say something easy would have much more of a chance of actually being made!), and she chose this pattern from KnipMode Dec 2005 out of a lineup. If you remember, this is the same pattern I used for my rose and lace tee last fall.

Then we went through my knits stash looking for something that wasn’t already earmarked for a specific project and came up with this striped navy and white knit (which you may remember from my Breton tee, and the one I made for my niece). It was the perfect amount of fabric for this tee, and it was great to use it up since I couldn’t really justify another stripey top for myself…

After we decided on the main body fabric, we went through my fabrics again looking for something to use in the contrast shoulder panel, but the laces didn’t look right, and solid fabrics seemed strange, and so Cindy decided she’d just like a regular Breton shirt. But then as I was cutting out the fabric, I had a total A-ha! moment and realised I should rotate the fabric so the stripes go vertically in the shoulder panels! I’m so glad I had that idea before it was too late, because I am loving the look now!

See way more over at FehrTrade.com!

Material Notes

Striped jersey




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic



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    Nov 2, 2011, 01.45 PMby wzrdreams

    I love it! Bretons tops are my favorite. I bet making this for her was a pleasure. Easy pattern for a dear friend is the perfect selfless project.

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    Nov 1, 2011, 10.15 PMby slythysophia

    Fly Nap…God I hate that stuff. And all the squinting into microscopes to search for seemingly invisible sex combs and cleaning fly tubes and goopy fly food and…urgh. But it is fun to make jokes about it.

    And the shirt is lovely, I’m also thinking of making something similar…you did a great job, I love the way you played with the way the stripes line up on the shoulder panel.

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      Nov 2, 2011, 10.23 AMby squirrellypoo

      hahah I can tell you’re a Biology major too then! ;)

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    Nov 1, 2011, 01.51 PMby EZW

    I love this shirt, you did a great job. My Best freind is in love with stripes i think i might try to make her something just like this (in diff. colors) if thats ok with you of course.

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      Nov 1, 2011, 02.28 PMby squirrellypoo

      of course it’s okay! thanks for the love. :)

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