Happy Thanksgiving week! Tomorrow is technically my Friday, and I’m ready to celebrate with the family and friends I’m thankful for. I’m also thankful for great patterns that help me expand my wardrobe. This week it’s the Lark Tee by Grainline Studio.

Confession time: Grainline Studio’s Hemlock Tee was the first pattern that made me fall in love with sewing knits. If you haven’t sewn with knits before I highly recommend checking that pattern out!

Back to the Lark Tee. When Jen released this pattern I hemmed and hawed about whether to purchase it, as I already had a basic tee pattern in my collection. Then I saw that there were four neckline variations along with four sleeve lengths. That meant combinations would be endless! I was also intrigued by the fit of the pattern–not too tight and not too loose. 

Since purchasing and downloading the pattern I’ve sewn up five variations, and I played around and hacked three of them for maternity. I’m sharing four of the five because one is just for lounging.

The first two are non-maternity, but because of the Lark’s great length they will definitely last me into most of my second trimester.

Version 1 is black from a really great jersey knit that I found on fabric.com (I don’t think it’s still there, though!) and it had some issues. The pattern went together perfectly, but I had some user errors that I was able to prevent when making other versions. Needless to say I didn’t sew a sleeve inside out in future versions! 😉 

Version 2 is in a beautiful Dakota Jersey from fabric.com (Sold out! But search Dakota jersey to get some of that delicious type of knit though–it’s great to work with.) with fun little zebras that I couldn’t pass up! Originally I wanted to make a maternity from this fabric, but I decided I wanted to make sure I had some things I wanted to wear post-maternity. I love this short sleeve option, too. I don’t like tee sleeves that are too short and make my arms look chunky. This eliminates that worry!

Version 3 is hacked to (hopefully) wear late into my pregnancy. It’s made from a polka dot fabric from fabric.com (you can get it here…but it’s not the best–not too stretchy and kind of rough textured) and I’m loving the hack. In all seriousness, versions 1 and 2 have a great length and comfort to wear, but by extending the front pattern piece and using 1/4″ elastic it gives me more room to grow.

Version 4 is by far my favorite. The fabric is a light jersey, but I can’t remember where I purchased it. The 3/4 sleeve is my favorite part and it fits like a glove. The ruching on this hack is perfect, and it looks fabulous on.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post–congrats! Maybe you love this pattern as much as I do. Next up I hope to get a brief tutorial on how to hack a knit tee pattern for maternity up on the blog by the weekend. Stay tuned!//Victoria

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