Pattern testing Sweatshirt Top

The Pixie by Chalk and Notch

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

There’s a new pattern by Chalk and Notch on the market – the Pixie Tee! And luckily for me, I had the time to test it, since it’s a rather quick sewing project. Although I do have some sewing time, it’s not enough for the most complicated projects yet – at least not during the turnaround time of a pattern test.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

The Pixie Tee is a Dolman style tee with long or short sleeves. It comes as a tee and a dress and includes version A with ties at the bottom and version B with a wide hem band. The design is rather roomy and looks best when using knits with a lot of drape, otherwise the style could look a little boxy.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

I decided to sew a sweater with long sleeves and a hem band. I’m not that into the ties and so far we didn’t really have any summer here, so a long-sleeved sweater seemed much more practical than a dress or a tee.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

I wasn’t sure which fabric I should use – most of my drapier knits are rather thin, and I had more of a sweater look in my mind, so I was looking for something a little thicker. A rayon French Terry or something like that would have been perfect, but I didn’t have any of that in my stash and no time to order. But luckily for me, I have a rather big fabric collection by now (yes, a collection, not a stash – I don’t need to use the fabric to defend buying it!) and I found a gray rayon rib knit I had bought a while back in a destash from Lisa from paprika Patterns.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

The fun thing is: I was so close to selling this fabric again! Somehow I just couldn’t imagine what to sew with a gray rib knit – it made me think of boring old-fashioned turtle necks and I couldn’t find anything to sew with it. Until the Pixie came along. The fabric was perfect! A little thicker, very drapey with a ton of stretch. I had just enough for the sweater and suddenly the fabric looked chique and simple, not old-fashioned and boring. So – give those stashed-away fabrics a chance – they might surprise you!

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

Version B of the Pixie is a very basic design with a great fit. The neckband, the cuffs, and the hem band fit perfectly, I didn’t have to stretch the fabric too much and I didn’t have any issues with gaping at the neckline, either. Gabriela just knows what she’s doing! The instructions tell you to interface the shoulder seam, and I can only say: don’t skip this part! When using a fabric with this much stretch for a dolman style top, the seam really needs a little support to stay where it belongs.

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

This version of the Pixie might not be the most exciting item in my wardrobe, but as with a lot of basics: They easily become wardrobe staples. I’ve been wearing this sweater a lot during the last weeks – it’s comfy, soft and practical. And on this particular fabric you can’t see baby spit, either! =p

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

Head over to Chalk & Notch to buy your copy of the Pixie – it’s on sale through July 2nd. And if you check the Chalk & Notch blog during the next couple of days, you will be able to see all the tester versions there and get some inspiration for your own Pixie version. Oh – and would you like to win a copy of the Pixie? In that case: head over to my Instagram account and leave a comment to win!

Sew Mariefleur Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee

2 Comments

  1. Gabriela

    I love how your shirt turned out, that fabric is perfect! I still can’t get over your stunning photos. Thank you so much for joining. I know you have more important things on your hands right now, so I really appreciate the help! XO, G

  2. Oh that looks so cozy!

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