Jungle Muscle Tee

This top started with the fabric. A silky viscose knit from France with a digital jungle print that I spotted at Stonemountain and Daughter last year. It was a bit pricey at over $20 a yard (yikes!) so I waited and was rewarded when I found it at 50% in January. Bit risky I know. I figured I’d save it for summer sewing though I did cut into it for a pair of Cloth Habit Lady Shorts…

Jungle Muscle Tee

As soon as warm weather hit I started thinking about the jungle knit. And when I saw a scoop neck muscle tee at Madewell I knew what to make. Last summer I made a few muscle tees based on the Plantain pattern. And wore them a ton. But also wondered about a more flattering neckline…

Jungle Muscle Tee

I pulled out the muscle tee pattern and added the scoop neck from the Plantain. Which means I used the Plantain without sleeves, with a slightly raised scoop neck, the waist/hip curve straightened out, and the whole top shortened. I used bands to finish the neck and armscyes.

Jungle Muscle Tee

And a double needle hem. My husband made a short video of this step if you want to check it out:

Perhaps my favorite thing about this top is the pattern placement. I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with and wanted to hoard all the scraps. So outside of choosing to put the more varied print on the front there wasn’t much room to make choices. But gosh, I’m so pleased with the way it turned out! And now I want more jungle prints. And palm prints. And basically any sort of tropical leafy fabrics…

Jungle Muscle Tee

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Details: Deer & Doe Plantain, sz 38, finished with narrow sleeve bands and almost completely straightened out the original plantain waist/hip curve, brought the neck in ~1/2″ all around, shortened at least 2″


  1. Barbara says:

    It is lovely, gorgeous fabric and those bands look beautifully done.

    • pinned says:

      Thank you Barbara! I have no idea why I waited for the fabric to go on sale, or why I only bought 1 yard. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Meg says:

    Great top- lovely fabric and flattering cut!

  3. Kelly says:

    Looks great! You will wear this to death. I love the print, it’s just abstract enough.

    • pinned says:

      You are totally right about that! It’s worn as soon as it is washed. I only wish the weather was a bit warmer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. This is an absolutely gorgeous print! You are really hard-nosed to wait until it was on sale! But this must have been a glorious moment ๐Ÿ˜€ I too like the placement of the print and the fashion of the top! Great job and thanks for the video! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Inder says:

    I love it!!! Totally great fabric! I agree, all the jungle fabrics!!!

  6. Sacha says:

    Where do I place my order? Maybe in a yellow?

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    • pinned says:

      Request received! I’ll keep an eye out for some drapey rayon knits in your colors. And I think Denver might have fabric stores if you want to pick it out yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Helena says:

    That top just makes me happy to look at it! The colors and the print, and of course it looks beautiful on you! Nice work.

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