Have you ever had this happen to you? You buy fabric for a pattern. Maybe you bought what the pattern envelope recommended and Used a Single Layer Layout. Maybe you bought a remnant of a fabulous fabric. Whatever the circumstances, you have a little under a yard, and you really, really want to use it. Well my friends, over the next week or so, I’ll show you some patterns that take that remnant out of your stash and into your wardrobe.
First up, StyleArc Ann Tee Top
Not named after me, though I do love it so. This was in the StyleArc rotation before I discovered StyleArc. The short sleeved version takes roughly ¾ of a yard for a size 10. This rayon jersey (sold out, sorry) from Gorgeous Fabrics is left over from another StyleArc that I made, the Jacinta Maxi Dress.
A couple of notes about this version. First, my Pfaff is on the pfritz, so I used only my Juki home serger to make this. The seams are all serged with a standard 4-thread stitch. Second, the hems are finished with a serger rolled hem. I didn’t trim the hems down (the hems are ¾ inch on this pattern), but that’s fine since I like my tops long. Third, because I was working with a remnant, I didn’t get too wound around the axle trying to place the print. And honestly? This is a summer tee, so the slightly off-center placement of the major motif on the front is just fine.
I have several pieces of knits that are left over from other projects, and I have a couple of other patterns that I love that are appropriate for leftovers. I’ll post those as I make them up. But in the meantime, here’s my advice for you when you have a remnant that is under a yard, but still useful. Pull out a tried and true sleeveless or short-sleeved pattern, and lay it out on your fabric and see if you can make yourself a top. If you use a single-layer layout, you can probably get yourself a top with minimal hassle.