Meet Lasa. Or Merk. Hm, we may have to work on the name, but either way, this is a mashup between the Grainline Studio Lark Tee and the Seamwork Mesa Dress. I've made the Mesa several times before and you all know how much I love it, but I was getting a little tired of the same old neckline, and I wanted some options. Enter, the Lark Tee. This pattern includes 4 neckline variations and 4 sleeve variations, so it's really versatile... add in the fact that you can lengthen any tee into a dress, and you've got even more options!
I'm now 28 weeks and this bump feels like it's growing daily, so I felt I needed to start making more with jersey and other stretchy fabrics. I bought a ton during a recent Girl Charlee Fabrics sale, and this Greek key print is one of them. It's a cotton spandex rayon jersey blend knit, and it's listed as medium weight, but I'd say it's pretty light weight. It has a really nice drape and is soft to touch too.
Girl Charlee ships to Canada but not for free, and there's often additional duties required when they deliver so I don't shop from them often, but when I do, I buy in bulk. I actually had a bad experience with one of their floral ponte de romas last time: the fabric, which became a Moneta dress, pilled so much it's basically unwearable now (which is such a shame because I love that dress!) This is despite the fact that I am super careful when washing my me-mades (I either handwash with Soak or use the "Handwash" cycle on my washing machine). I even bought a fabric defuzzer to try and fix it (it didn't work). Anyway, has anyone else had that issue with any GC fabrics or knit fabrics in general? Any tips? Hopefully that doesn't happen with any fabrics from this batch.
Back to the dress. The Lark Tee is so easy and fast to make, and the Grainline instructions are perfectly clear, as always. When cutting, I used the Lark Tee bodice, cap sleeves, and neckline binding pieces and overlaid the Mesa dress pieces to get the length (I'd previously added several inches in length to my Mesa dress pieces, so this is longer than a typical Mesa). I also brought in the bust and waist of the Lark Tee to follow the curves of the Mesa. The result is pretty form-fitting, but that's what I wanted. I didn't bother sewing the hems - I just cut them evenly with a rotary cutter and left them alone - I actually find this to be much cleaner with certain knit fabrics, and it's definitely faster, so win-win! ;)
I love this dress, especially the cap sleeves and scoop neck. I'm going to make a ton of Larks tees in the future...especially as fall and maternity leave are approaching!