Completed: The Briar Tshirt (with Bonus Thurlows!)

21 May

Hey, look, I finally got my ass into gear and hopped on the Briar bandwagon! Yay!! I know I’ve hated on the high/low hems in the past (aka mullet hems) but if anyone can make a high-low hem look like something I need in my closet, it’s Megan Nielsen, Our Lady of the High/Low.

Stripey Briar, Linen Thurlows

Actually, I made TWO!!

Red Briar, Linen Thurlows

Oh, and another pair of Thurlow shorts for good measure :)

Linen Thurlows

I mean, why would I pair my beautiful new tshirts with an old pair of shorts? AS IF.

Red Briar, Linen Thurlows

This red one is the first one I made (and sorry in advance for the overly saturated pictures – red is hard to photograph!). I used a super drapey rayon knit from Fabrics for Less in NYC; it’s delicious and airy and PERFECT for this kind of top. I don’t normally wear such loose-fitting clothing (and I know y’all are laughing because this is hardly loose-fitting, but it is for meeeeeee ok!), but I LOVEEE this way this looks and feels. Must make several more.

This version has a tiny pocket (which, yep, you totally can’t see) and I finished the neckline with a binding – partially because the fabric is soo drapey, it wouldn’t work with the normal stretched bands, and partially because I wanted to try a new technique! I must say, I’m really happy with now the neckline turned out. It’s perfect and flat and looks really good. Megan Nielsen, you are a binding genius.

Red Briar, Linen Thurlows

I was smacking a mosquito in this picture (the ‘skeeters were sooo bad this morning, ugh!), but I like that it shows the tshirt doesn’t gape out when you bend over. Nice!

Red Briar

For this shirt, I sewed an XS and took in additional bit at the side seams because it was a little loose. I also cut about 3″ off the length (I cut it off the bottom for this one, but for the next one I did properly slash and shorten the pattern pieces like a good seamstress ;)).

Red Briar

Oh, yeah, and I used the last of my neon yellow twill tape to stabilize the shoulder seams ;)

Stripey Briar, Linen Thurlows

I made the second version immediately after. Ha! This one is a fairly hefty weight knit from Mood when I was in NY. I’ve been hoarding this fabric for the months since and I’m so glad I went with this pattern because I think it’s pretty perfect! Of course, I got way too excited/ahead of myself and neglected to match the stripes at the side seams… oh well!

Stripey Briar, Linen Thurlows

This version is pretty much the exact same as the red one, except that I finished the neckline with a band instead of the binding. I actually tried the binding first, since I loved it soo much – but my machine was NOT having it. The fabric was too thick, anyway. So, band it is!

Stripey Briar, Linen Thurlows

Stripey Briar

I left off the pocket for this one, and also ended up taking in the side seams quite a bit – at least 1″. Since the fabric is fairly heavy, it looked weird all blousey. Like it was too big. This looks much better, and bonus – it looks great tucked in!

Stripey Briar

I really love this fabric and I wish I’d bought several yards of it, oh well!

Linen Thurlows

For the shorts, I don’t have much to elaborate on as this is like my squillionth pair. Haha! I used my TNT pattern and whipped these up in a couple of evenings (they are RILL easy after you made a bunch of them, just fyi!).

Linen Thurlows

For fabric, I used a beautiful, soft grey linen that I got from my new favorite local fabric source, Muna Couture. Muna’s shop is actually a dressmaking shop – and she makes some pretty incredible ball gowns and wedding dresses – but she also sells fabric. Not just fancy dress fabric (although there is plenty of that, and it is AMAZING), but also basic stuff for daily wear, like wools and linens and prints. I got this remnant from her and it was *just* enough to squeeze out some shorts. I love that they’re linen – so breezy and nice for summer! They do wrinkle a bit with wear, but not too bad :) The white lining is fabric leftover from my Madeline bloomers.

Linen Thurlows

This is the only bummer about the shorts – I drew on the fly with my disappearing wax, and it didn’t disappear! WTF!!! I managed to fade it out a bit (put a piece of paper over it, applied heat, and then rubbing alcohol very sparingly, if yr curious), but it’s still pretty disappointing that you can see it. Sooo with that being said, important lesson learned here – ALWAYS test your marking utensils before marking on your fabric! DUH. I should have been doing that anyway, but I wasn’t, and now I know, and it won’t happen again. Learn from my mistakes :)

Side note, today is the last day to get 15% off at Sweet Little Chickadee, so get on it, son! Use the code LLADYBIRDBIRTHDAY and get to shoppin’! You could even get the Briar and Thurlows, y’know, if you wanted to be like me ;) ha!!

Another side note, it’s my birthday todayyyy!! Yay!! Happy birthday to all my birthday twins (there were several of you, yay 5/21!!!) and all the other May Babies :)

me & my dad :3

Here is my gift to you, baby L with my dad :) AWWWW!!!

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72 Responses to “Completed: The Briar Tshirt (with Bonus Thurlows!)”

  1. sullivan1970 May 21, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Happy Birthday! Dontcha love Geminis?
    And thanks for the birthday discount..I used mine yesterday and got a new pattern :)

  2. Jules May 21, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Happy Birthday! Love your blog and all the fabulous garments you create!

  3. zilredloh May 21, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Oooh! Happy Birthday Lauren!!! I like your new mullet tees as well. :)

  4. K-Line May 21, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Very happy birthday! May all of your 2013 sewing wishes come true.

  5. Sally C May 21, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Happy Birthday!
    Found your site a couple of weeks ago and I’m hooked :) Love all your outfits.
    Have a great day!

  6. Lynn May 21, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Love the tees. Look great! The high low hem is great for us small women, it doesn’t shorten your legs like a typical longer tee does. I found the most wonderful marking pens: Frixion from Pilot. The ink disappears with heat! I went nuts scribbling on scraps and even saturating spots with ink and letting it dry and it all magically disappeared with ironing! I know I sound like a flipping commercial for them, but they are wonderful!

    • LLADYBIRD May 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      My wax was supposed to disappear with heat too :( and it usually does! oh well, that’s why I should always test first :P

  7. Tia May 21, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Cute outfits! I’ve had my eye on the Briar pattern for a while and now must order it. Happy Birthday, Lauren!

  8. Jenny May 21, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Happy Birthday! Love the tee’s and the shorts!

  9. Mrs. Smith May 21, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Happy Birthday! And cute digs! :)

  10. Heather Lou May 21, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Happy birthday duder. Must say, I laughed when I saw YOU OF ALL PEOPLE in a mullet hem. I myself am a big fan of the business in the front, party in the back and am glad you put a dainty little foot on the bandwagon. Especially love the second one – that fabric is boss.

    • LLADYBIRD May 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Yes, consider me a convert haha!

  11. Handmade Jane May 21, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Happy birthday Lauren! Hope you have a wonderful day. Love the picture of your cute baby self with your dad. X

  12. Fiona May 21, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Happy Birthday! Hope you’re having a lovely day and are being spoiled rotten!
    Desperate to get my hands on the thurlow pattern…

  13. Rosie May 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!

  14. ClaireE May 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Love the t-shirts and the shorts.

  15. annekecaramin May 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Happy birthday! Great shorts!

  16. tracy young May 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday to you and to me!!!

  17. Jessica Quirk May 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Totally cute pieces and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  18. Tilly May 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Happy bday, my friend!

    Please canz I haz those shorts? x

    • LLADYBIRD May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Yes, but you have to COME AND GET THEM first :B

  19. Sarah W. May 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

  20. Juli May 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Happy Birthday Lauren! Loving your striped Briar – it’s totally fab… eyeing the striped fabric in my stash and bumping up the Thurlow shorts pattern on my summer sewing list as I’m typing this! Those linen shorts look super comfy and summer perfect. Been trying to decide Iris shorts or Thurlow… umm yeah, decision made! Lol. Hope your day is awesome! :-)

  21. Sabs May 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Happy birthday L! Nice briar/thurlow self-presents!

  22. Leila May 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    That’s a really cute pic of you as a toddler. Nice high/low tops. Big time bummer about the wax not coming off but I do love those linen shorts. Not a lot of people like linen. Everyone gets all mad cos it wrinkles. Poor linen.

    • LLADYBIRD May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      I normally hate the wrinkles too, but the key is to make something that doesn’t look too bad with wrinkles. Like shorts! Who cares if your shorts are wrinkled, amirite? Plus, it just feels so niiiiiiiice

      • Leila May 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

        I’d be the kind of person to make something out of linen and let it wrinkle just to piss people off. ha!

  23. PendleStitches May 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Happy, happy birthday! Hope you’re having a fab time!

  24. Tiffany May 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I love both of those Tshirts and the shorts are super cute. I have done the same thing with disappearing was. It always seems to be linen that I make that mistake on. I call the mullet hem the cascade hem and I am a fan because I feel that it lengthens body lines and adds a fun, unexpected, and artistic element. I have used that detail in a few of my own designs.

    I love your blog!
    Tiffany
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CurvyTiffy

  25. Rochelle New May 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!!! I wasn’t sure about the high/low t-shirt style but now that I see it on you, it’s super cute. Plus, it pretty much guarantees no one will ever see your butt crack lol. I like that selling point. p.s. you can’t even notice the wax on your shorts, and I also had blonde hair as a toddler along with a dad with black hair and a sweet mustache. OMG ARE WE TWINSzz?!?!??!

    • LLADYBIRD May 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Yes, I am totally over the buttcrack these days! Trying to look more like a lady haha.

      Can we pleeeeease be twins!?! GOD THAT WOULD BE THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT

  26. Marie May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday beautiful lady!!! Hope you’re being spoilt rotten today ;o)

    P.S. You sew the best cake…love all three of your new makes!

  27. Chickeys May 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Happy birthday, Miss Lladybird! AK was good to me, fabric-wise (and birthday-wise, of course, hahahaha) — my Mom had to lend me a bigger carry-on!

    YAY MAY BABIEZ!

  28. johanna@projects by me May 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Happee birfday! (as Hagrid in Harry Potterwould have said). Love your new tops and shorts! I just made a pair of new shorts too, in polka dot fabric!! :) (Not blogged yet, though).

  29. Portia May 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Happy Birthday lovely! Nice shorts and hey, BACK OFF the high/low hem talking down ;) I love ‘em! They cover my ass!
    Px

  30. Gjeometry May 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! To you and all of us May babies, there are so many! Nice pic of you and your dad. And I’m loving your Briar tops and Thurlow shorts. Everything you make is always so perfect and professional looking. Makes me want to practice, practice, practice so my makes will somebody look like this.

  31. Anna May 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! My birthday is on Friday, so I used your birthday discount to buy myself the Jasmine and Pendrell blouse patterns! I’m really good at buying myself presents.

    YAY MAY BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Vicky May 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Happy birthday!! I love how your shoes match your first outfit and the whole ensemble looks sooooo comfy.

  33. Nessa May 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday, and I already used your birthday code for three patterns! So, thanks for having a b-day.

    Those Thurlows look better than the instagram photo . . . by the way, I’m nycbookwriter.

  34. Zoe May 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Happy birthday lady!!!!! LOVE those new tops on you. I know what you mean about loose/tight fitting tops. I feel my batwing tops are really loose but I know to most they really aren’t. Love how you’ve done the binding on the stripey one. xxx

  35. Vibeke May 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Happy Birthday! (Gratulerer med dagen! in norwegain)
    Love your collection of shorts! Think I’ll have to start sewing my own.

  36. Vibeke May 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    * norwegian

  37. Meg May 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I just crossed my 28.5 mark and decided to start a 30 before 30 list. You should join me!!!

    http://iammegandsocanyou.blogspot.com/2013/05/did-you-just-celebrate-birthday-or-do_21.html

  38. Sabine May 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Happy birthday from France. I hope you have a wonderful day un your kickass mullet hem shirt! :-)

  39. designcloseup May 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Yes a big happy birthday to you! I love your idea of mullet hems on t-shirts. I’d really like to explore it for guys with certain fabrics and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration! http://www.design-closeup.com/

  40. gladysb May 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Happy birthday Lauren. Here’s to another great year of sewing and blogging.

  41. cathy May 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Though I feel a bit guilty as you’re the one who gave me a present… the 15% code did indeed go toward the purchase of thurlow trousers (ive been wanting them ever since the sewalong(…. and uhhh, 4 other patterns too. I can’t resist clicking on “add to cart”. Briar was sold out, or else I really would’ve copied you, oh well, I’ll be busy enough with my other new patterns. Again, thank you and happy birthday!

  42. Mika May 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Happy Birthday to you! I’m going to have to check out Fabrics for Less once I’m off this purchasing ban.

  43. Lori May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Happy birthday! Great looking tops and shorts, looks like I need to buy another pattern.

  44. megannielsen May 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Happy Birthday lovie!!

    I hope you drag it out to a birthday week – i’m always trying to convince my hubby that there should be a week of festivities hehehe

    Meanwhile – i’m loving your Briars!! It totally makes my day to hear you made the second right after the first – yay!!! They look rad on you too!!
    hugs! xoxo

  45. maddie May 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Happy birthday. As if! I hope you got your gravity feed iron and if you didn’t, I hope you go out and treat yourself. The two tops and shorts look great.

  46. Sally @ thequirkypeach May 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Happy happy birthday! I love all three of these! I have been looking for a “high-low” tee pattern to replicate some super cheap RTW tees that are now falling apart, but I wear them all the time :) This is perfect!

  47. Nicole May 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Can I also just take this opportunity to say …. you are awesome! I’ve been following your blog for well over a year (I know this because your knitting anniversary shamed me into knitting the Agatha after 15 years of beanies and scarves – I’ve always been a little afraid of bigger projects).
    I’m very much a beginner when it comes to sewing, but yours is the first blog I read on my feed.
    And thanks for bringing Megan Nielsen to my attention…. It’s funny that it takes someone from the other side of the world to alert me to a designer from my town!

  48. Jo May 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Happy Birthday! :D I love the tops and shorts. Gah you make it look so easy. For your birthday I shall gift you…. my jealousy. lol :P

  49. Claire @ Littleleyscraft blog May 22, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Happy birthday! Love your stuff – you have inspired me to actually start something!!!!

  50. ladykatza May 22, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Happy Birthday! You share one with my daughter then. :)

  51. Joanne May 22, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Happy birthday! Your thurlows and briars look great! Very summery.

  52. Jane May 22, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Those Briars look awesome! I’ve been a bit wary of this pattern, since a lot of the versions I’ve seen are pretty crop-toppy, but yours are fabulous.

  53. disparatedisciplines May 22, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Happy belated birthday!

  54. aem2 May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! I just finished my first pair of Thurlow shorts, helped greatly by your sew-along, and I’ve got some grey linen sitting here waiting to be made into trousers… and I’m wearing my eyelet dress that was inspired by yours… oh dear. I swear I’m not veering into Single White Female territory!

  55. Jenna LeDawn (@kittycatstevens) May 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    i would love to make a simple t-shirt (or two or ten!). i always look at the collars on mine and can’t figure out how the heck they were made. but yours look great— can’t go wrong with a classic striped top!

  56. Becca May 24, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Happy belated birthday! I hope it was wonderful! I love both of the Briars. I haven’t thought about making anything with a high-low hem yet, but it’s a great look on you. Sorry about the marking on your Thurlows. :( It doesn’t seem like it’s super noticeable, though. They are really stinkin’ cute!

  57. crystalpleats May 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    All three are great looking garments. I finally bought the Briar along with a few of the new patterns. I’ve just seen too many good ones to keep passing it up.

  58. gingermakes May 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    How cute are you in the high-low hem?! I love these on you!

  59. Kelly May 26, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    The shape of that top is perfect. Megan has a gift!

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