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Mandy and Mabel – yet again!

Laura asked about the black and white striped top that I was wearing in one of my Sewvember photos.  This is it!

Tessuti Mandy top in Darn Cheap Fabrics knit with Colette Mabel skirt in M Recht denim

It is the Tessuti Mandy boat tee (free single sized pattern) sewn pretty much as per the pattern.  The was a remnant from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and I had just enough to squeeze out the top.

Tessuti Mandy top in Darn Cheap Fabrics knit with Colette Mabel skirt in M Recht denim

This pattern is my go-to for when I want a quick but satisfying sewing experience that I know I will wear.  I find that the Mandy tee works beautifully in Melbourne’s weather, where it is often between seasons.  Construction was almost all on the overlocker.  The neckline is finished by turning it to the inside and topstitching it in place before the shoulder seams are sewn.  I use a twin needle for the topstitching, which I also use to secure the bottom and sleeve hems.  All are secured with Vliesofix tape before stitching.

Tessuti Mandy top in Darn Cheap Fabrics knit with Colette Mabel skirt in M Recht denim

The skirt is the Colette Mabel.  Like the top, this is a quick and satisfying garment to make, and always gives me the results that I am after.  I sewed the longer version of the skirt, with panelled front and back centre kick pleat.

Tessuti Mandy top in Darn Cheap Fabrics knit with Colette Mabel skirt in M Recht denim

Construction was mostly on the overlocker for this as well.  The fabric is stretch denim from M. Recht.  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use the selvedges as a detail, and inserted them into the side front panel seams, then topstitched them down.  The hem is simply secured with Vliesofix tape and not even stitched in place.  Sometimes stitching across the grain with fabrics that contain lycra can result in a bit of a wobble.  I decided not to risk it and take the easy way out!

Tessuti Mandy top in Darn Cheap Fabrics knit with Colette Mabel skirt in M Recht denim

So here I am with a basic everyday outfit that is easy to wear.  Each item works with other garments from my wardrobe, which is also handy!  Both were sewn at Sewjourn in November.  Now I’m into summer dresses!

Tessuti Mandy top in Darn Cheap Fabrics knit with Colette Mabel skirt in M Recht denim

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7 thoughts on “Mandy and Mabel – yet again!

  1. Great use of the selvedge .In fact The whole outfit looks good. I must try one of those pdf patterns one day. I have happy to trace out patterns and add seam allowances but the thought of printing out patterns scares me. Makes no sense.

  2. THANK YOU, THANK YOU…..I thought your Tee was perfect…..love how it fits and nothing better than a stripe and in black and white (maybe navy)…appreciate you posting the top and how I can have one too! The skirt is a winner and unfamiliar with this particular pattern – so now I’ll head for my stash and sew one up myself. Appreciate you. Laura

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