French or Italian? A Nettie t-shirt in stripes

Dear readers,

I am currently flying back from Guatemala and Honduras where I visited the amazing mayan ruins of Copán which partly explains the lack of activity around here! If you followed me on Instagram during #sewphotohop, you will have seen some sewing happening. I made that tee on a whim while keeping up my resolution to sew more from my ideal closet items pinned on Pinterest. Below are the two shirts that triggered my crush for widely open back tees.

For a reason I cannot explain, there is something intrinsically italian in my mind about those shirts. I picture myself in the countryside (maybe where Sasha lives?), leaning on the door frame of my imaginary bungalow, drinking delicious coffee and gazing at my olive trees in the horizon… When the tropical backgrounds of Haiti are not exactly Italian landscape, I can at least have my shirt and drink coffee!!

Nettie T-shirt by SewingTidbits

One Saturday, I went to hide in the heat of my sewing for an hour or two and pulled out my Nettie pattern. To turn it into a hip length tee, I stopped the patterns where it indicates to add for dress length and decided on the high front, mid-low back and short sleeves. Since I made this pattern twice already (here and here), there is not much more to report.

Nettie T-shirt by SewingTidbitsThe fabric came from my stash, I bought it in Port-au-Prince and it’s a left over of a Shadi skirt I made last year. The entire shirt was sewn on my serger and I am still not perfectly good at matching stripes with that machine… I changed the order of construction slightly so that I can attach the neck band and the sleeves flat. I was so determined to own this tee that when I realized that I actually didn’t have enough fabric for the front, I decided to piece it. Not very professional since you can see it in my shoulder area, but I don’t really mind.

Nettie T-shirt by SewingTidbits

As soon as I finished it, I threw it on and ran to The Old Man to get his opinion on my Italian tee. His comment sounded appreciative but was along those lines: “OOOooh a French tee!!”. I guess the stripes betrayed me… No matter how much leaning on the door frame I did with a coffee mug in my hands, he would NOT see the Italian side of it…

Nettie T-shirt by SewingTidbits

In other news, I just moved houses so this will be the last time you get to the garden in the background I’ve been using for the last two years. Our new apartment is smaller but I still have a sewing room (most important thing about housing!!). Also, it’s higher in the mountains which means fresher air and amazing view!!

I still have some posts coming up but since there will also be more traveling it’s hard to commit to regular updating… In the mean time, let me know what you think, French or Italian tee??

18 thoughts on “French or Italian? A Nettie t-shirt in stripes

  1. Karla September 26, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    French. Reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot….or An American in Paris….. Love it, no matter what language it’s speaking.

  2. Becky September 26, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Don’t know if it is Italian or French, but it is a tee for a beautiful, natural, European girl. How’s that?

  3. Chris September 26, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Italian, I would think! If fits perfectly in your picture perfect vision of Italy!

    • Sewing Tidbits September 27, 2015 / 3:38 am

      Thanks Chris, I’m glad someone finally agrees with me!!

    • Sewing Tidbits September 27, 2015 / 3:38 am

      Damn, I think you just found the perfect title of my blog post, I love it!

  4. Sophie September 27, 2015 / 3:21 am

    It’s beautiful. Lovely photos too.

  5. Fabric Tragic September 27, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Probably more Italian! In a solid colour 100% Italian!

    • Sewing Tidbits September 27, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I get your point here Sarah… It’s a great idea! Maybe i need a black one?

  6. Shirley September 27, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I love the low back. This is very pretty on you! I should get this pattern. I find that stripes shift a little when I use a serger too. I have started looking at RTW shirts to see if their stripes line up and most times they do not…sometimes they are way off!

    • Sewing Tidbits September 27, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Very true Shirley, as seamstresses we tend to beat ourselves up over things we don’t even notice in RTW…

  7. thewallinna September 27, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    This one is definitely Italian. Wider white and narrower navy stripes are French😉

    • Sewing Tidbits September 27, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Love the scientific reasoning, thanks Inna!!

  8. maryfunt November 3, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Doesn’t matter which country. It looks fabulous. I need to try this one.

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