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Olivia Oversize Tee

The Olivia Oversize Tee, by Maria Denmark, is a pattern that I’ve used a number of times.  I reach for it when I want an oversized tee that still feels a bit more ‘dressy’.

Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee in viscose lycra knit from Tessuti

As designed, the neckline, sleeves and bottom hem are all finished with self fabric bands. I somehow managed to cut the sleeve bands too long, then too short, so ended up just turning a simple hem. The fabric is viscose/lycra from Tessuti, left over from the Aeolian tee I sewed for Clare.

Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee in viscose lycra knit from Tessuti

The most important thing to remember when sewing this top is that you really need to stretch the neck band a lot at the bottom of that centre front curve, or it won’t sit flat. I usually sew one shoulder seam, mark points either side of the centre front where I know that the curve is more extreme, then sew on the band while stretching it more through that curve than elsewhere. It’s a practice thing.

Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee in viscose lycra knit from Tessuti

Size wise, it’s a blend – all waist shaping has been removed. At the bottom hem it’s pretty much my hip measurement. I suspect that there are many more of these tees in my future.

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