There’s a new kid in town…pattern town that is! The distinctive shoulder accent pieces set this top apart from all other patterns out there. And don’t worry, if you’ve been jealous of your daughter’s wardrobe, this pattern can be made in women’s sizes too! Schnittreif is the company that created both the Marlene and Miss Marlene patterns. If that name sounds foreign, it’s because the company and the pattern are German. But don’t worry, both are translated to English and available for purchase in the Nah Connection shop. Get the girl’s Marlene here, and Miss Marlene for yourself here!
Marlene is a simple, basic boatneck shirt with shoulder inserts for a little something extra. The shirt can be made in 3 different sleeve lengths; short, elbow length, and long sleeves. Photo illustrations accompany each step of the very easy pattern. The shoulder insets make it look like a sophisticated, difficult pattern, but it’s not hard at all!
For Annie (who has grown too tall for most of last year’s summer shirts) we whipped out a Marlene for her in some special fabrics. This fabric is Art Gallery Recollection Jersey Knit Pirot Evoked Silver Fabric By The Yard leftover from making her cousin this dress. Annie is thrilled to think of “matching” her cousin even though they live hundreds of miles apart!
It just so happens Annie needed some skirts for spring/summer also. She hasn’t changed size around from last time I made her the Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt, so we just added some length and whipped out another one for her. She chose to this fabric (from JoAnn’s) for both the shoulder accents and the skirt from our fabric stash.
The Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt pattern has a doll pattern included, so since one of Annie’s sewing goals this year is to sew some things for her dolls, she cut out the fabric and pattern and sewed along side of me. It turned out that her doll is much smaller around than an 18” doll the pattern was designed for, so her doll’s skirt ended up quite a bit more gathered around the waist than Annie’s skirt. Then I quickly whipped out a matching shirt from some leftover scraps, and Annie and her doll were so pleased to be matching!
Then it was my turn. However you might have noticed I have a large bump on my middle at the current time, so you’ll have to put up with flat lay photos. Since I made Annie’s shirt just exactly as instructed in the pattern, I decided to play around with this one a little bit and try to make it suitable for nursing after the baby arrives. I wouldn’t say my modifications were 100% successful, but close enough that this will work as a nursing shirt. When I have the process perfected, I’ll share a tutorial, but for now, you’ll have to make a mental picture and view the inside of the shirt.
I cut out a second front piece but only from the bust down. To the top of this I added elastic, so it will stay in place while the outer shirt is lifted up to nurse baby. Since I was going for a layered look, I made the undershirt longer in the front and added a strip across the hem in the back. The one issue with the nursing part of the shirt is that I sewed the 2 layers of side seams together, so I think the undershirt will lift slightly at the sides when the over shirt is lifted to nurse. But I won’t know that for sure until I can actually wear it! To be continued…
For the over shirt fabric I used Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric By The Yard from Urban Sew. It’s heavenly and I can’t wait to wear this soft Marlene shirt. The other change I made to the Miss Marlene pattern was my standard wide shoulder adjustment. Because the shoulder inserts made this tricky to add width at the shoulder seams, at the suggestion of Annika (owner of Nah Connection) I added it right to the center fold in front and back at the shoulders only, tapering down to the normal width down the front.
Are you convinced? Do you need a Marlene or Miss Marlene shirt now too? Head over to Nah Connection to pick up your copy today!
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