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Me Made: Bamboo Rayon Harbor Knot Tee

Even though I have plans to make one more summer garment, I’ve already planned out my Fall wardrobe and finished my first piece this weekend. I wanted to start by making some weather transitional tops. Items that are warmer than my regular tees and that’ll work nicely with warm layers. I started with a half sleeve knotted tee made from a gorgeous bamboo rayon spandex.

Me Made: Bamboo Rayon Harbor Knot Tee
I’ve made the¬†Harbor Knot Tee¬†three times now, here are the dotted first and floral second. Since I’ve made it multiple times I had the original alterations, and then altered it slightly for this version. The original alterations were shorten the curve by 2″. I added waist shaping and lengthened the bodice by 1″.
I kept those alterations and then I lengthened the sleeves, took in the sides some more, and shortened the hem another 1″. I’m happy with this tee, but I still feel like the pattern needs tweaking. It’s too loose above the knot and too tight below the knot.
Me Made: Bamboo Rayon Harbor Knot Tee

I really, really love working with bamboo rayon spandex. I’ve used bamboo rayon spandex from fabric.com* and I’ve used bamboo rayon spandex from Michael Levine*. I decided to try bamboo rayon spandex from Harts Fabric this time. This fabric feels slightly different that all the other bamboos I’ve worked with; it still has a nice drape, but it’s a thicker hand than anything else I’ve worked with. It’s as easy to work with as a high quality cotton spandex, but it drapes like rayon. It’s a really pretty fabric, and this knotted tee was the perfect way to use the fabric.
I didn’t have any trouble with this fabric, and it was a dream to sew. It has such a nice hand and drape and return. I just love working with bamboo rayon spandex. I’ve also found that it lasts a really long time. All my bamboo items I’ve made it the past are still going strong in my wardrobe and don’t look worn out, but most of my cotton spandex or rayon spandex items don’t last that long and have to be retired. I love finding a fabric that can hold up to lots of wear and washing.

Me Made: Bamboo Rayon Harbor Knot Tee

Again I used the Heat n Bond Soft Stretch* for my hems and it makes my hems look so good and keep the stretch. I hemmed the top and after finishing it and putting it on, I realized the length was bad and needed to be shorter. I didn’t want to mess with the knot so I just hemmed the curve. I took out the stitches started 3″ away from the knot and cut off the hem. I made sure the curve looked nice before using more Soft Stretch* to rehem it. I’m glad I hemmed it shorter even though I didn’t appreciate the extra work because I’m much happier with the result which means I’m more likely going to wear it often. As much as I hate redoing things, I’ve found it’s almost always worth it so that I’ll actually wear the item.

Me Made: Bamboo Rayon Harbor Knot Tee

I only ordered a yard of the fabric and this pattern calls for 1 yard for the short sleeve version. I had to be really careful and strategic when cutting it out to make it work. Unfortunately, I cut the small curved piece with the wrong side out. I didn’t have any fabric to recut it, so it’s just backwards. Luckily, you can’t tell because of the color and type of fabric.
This tee is definitely mom and baby approved! I love that it’s easy and simple and a great basic, but it looks put together with the knot detail. I can see myself wearing this tee a lot all winter.

Me Made: Bamboo Rayon Harbor Knot Tee

Author: Heather