The Muscle Tee

A few of my favorite summer patterns, Deer and Doe’s Plantain and Colette’s Mabel. Perfect together.

Plantain top and Mabel skirt

I’ve been in the mood for a muscle tee lately. And it seemed like a fun and simple thing to make. Starting with the Plantain I simply left off the sleeves and used bands to finish the arm holes. I also straightened out the curve through the waist to make it a little boxier.

Cotton lycra isn’t my favorite for a tee but I couldn’t resist this print. And I have been wearing it a lot – I think it may go with everything in my closet.

Plantain top

Also, a shout out to Colette Patterns for the Mabel skirt pattern. So simple and so satisfying. Initially I was concerned that a knit skirt would be a bit lumpy. But with the right ponte knit that doesn’t seem to be a problem. This ponte has a good deal of polyester and lycra with great recovery. I would like to make several more – the only difficulty has been finding ponte of the right thickness and recovery. Any suggestions?

This is the short skirt version though I lengthened it a few inches. I also graded between a S for the waistband and a M for the skirt. I was impressed that the pattern measurements were spot on – that never seems to happen.

Details: Deer and Doe Plantain, sz 38, sleeve bands instead of sleeves and straightened out the curve. Colette Mabel sz S waistband graded to a M for the skirt, ~3 inches length added.


  1. carolyn says:

    super cute!

    girl charlee sells “ponte de roma” – maybe that would work? I think you can get them to send you fabric samples!

    • pinned says:

      Thanks for the good suggestion! I just ordered some from Girl Charlee – probably should have ordered samples but I’m not that patient.

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