April 18, 2016

Concord T-Shirt sewalong: Inspiration & Fabric

Welcome to the Concord T-Shirt sewalong! Luckily for all of us, sewing t-shirts is quick and fun so you’ll learn how to stitch up your new t-shirt wardrobe in no time. The sewalong will take place over 5 days, from April 20 – 24, so it really is short and sweet. If you have questions during the process, don’t hesitate to ask.

Today, we’re going to chat about inspiration and fabric suggestions. The Concord T-Shirt is very customizable, which means there’s tons of opportunity to create a range of looks – and t-shirts most definitely don’t have to be boring. I pulled together inspiration from some of my favorite plus size fashion bloggers, who you should totally start internet stalking if you don’t already…

Blogger Inspiration

Concord T Shirt Inspiration

You can’t go wrong with some basics: Gabi and Callie style their solid V-necks for a totally chic causal look. I’m particularly in love with that gorgeous wine colour…

Concord T Shirt Inspiration

Wearing t-shirts with skirts in the summer is one of my favourite things – I often start with a really bold skirt, then whip up a t-shirt to go with it. Tanesha‘s gingham statement skirt looks awesome with a simple white top, and Hayley‘s signature bright pink skirt pairs well with a crop length t-shirt (totally do-able at any size, in my opinion!)

Concord T Shirt Inspiration

This look from Tanesha is super chic – extend your Concord T-Shirt into a tunic (a tutorial will be following soon!), and layer over a sheer shirtdress. I also love Nicolette‘s pairing of a simple black tee with graphic trousers.

Concord T Shirt InspirationFinally, I think Allison‘s styling of a classic Breton shirt is really cool – that oversized vest is everything! And Hayley‘s a fan of the unexpected – layering a skinny-strapped summer dress over a contrast tee is so fun.

Concord T-Shirt Fabrics

Now for fabric. The Concord T-Shirt should be made from knit fabrics with at least 20% stretch. Classic t-shirt fabrics would be cotton, rayon or viscose jersey but there are lots of other possibilities…  You can easily adapt the Concord to be more like a sweatshirt by using ponte, terry or sweater knits – just remember that if the stretch is less than 20%, you may want to go up a size or two for fit. If you want something really luxurious, you could even try a silk jersey.

Here are some great options from our stockists:

Concord T-Shirt Fabric Inspiration

You can’t go wrong with stripes! From left to right: model Tencel jersey; rayon/poly ecru stripe (sweatshirt weight); coral bamboo mariner knit.Concord T-Shirt Fabric Inspiration

Neutral solids are a great basic for nearly any outfit: navy cotton knit; grey terry (sweatshirt weight) ; speckle jersey.

Concord T-Shirt Fabric Inspiration

Or why not have fun? We’ve got foxes, Liberty floral and elk!

Finally, there are still some fabric Concord T-Shirt kits available from yours truly, sourced from high end designers. Right now there are four available: black, navy, black/white jersey stripe, and larger striped ponte (more are coming soon!). Check out the kits here.

Cashmerette Concord T Shirt Kits

Which fabrics are you going to use for your Concords? Do you prefer neutral or novelty? I ping back and forth between the two, myself… Come back soon for the official kick off of the sewalong!

5 thoughts on “Concord T-Shirt sewalong: Inspiration & Fabric

  1. Ginger says:

    What happens if your fabric has more than 20% stretch?

    1. That’s fine – it may just be a little looser on you as you move about. If you want a slim-fitting t-shirt you may want to go down a size.

      1. Ginger says:

        Thanks so much!

  2. Alyssa says:

    For my first Concord I’m de-stashing a plum rayon jersey. I’m super excited about the lengthen-to-a-tunic hack…any ideas on how much additional yardage is required?

    1. Hi Alyssa – it really depends on how much additional length you want to add! Given the way the pieces are laid out you’ll need that much more for the front and back – so if you want to add 7 inches you’ll need 14 inches more fabric.

Let me know what you think!