Sew & Tell | Niina Tanskanen of Middlegray

Sew & Tell Niina Tanskanen of Middlegray | Grainline Studio

I recently stumbled across Niina’s blog, Middlegray and totally geeked over all her Grainline makes. I knew we had to feature one of her pieces as a Sew & Tell. This silk Lark looks absolutely luxurious and perfectly sewn. I recommend hopping over to her blog after reading this Sew & Tell to check out her other pieces!

Name     Niina Tanskanen

Where can we find you online?     Middlegray

Link to your post about this project     Silk Lark Tee

Which pattern did you use?     The Lark Tee

What type of fabric or other materials did you use?

Lightweight knit silk

Sew & Tell Niina Tanskanen of Middlegray | Grainline Studio

Tell us about your project!
This was my second Lark tee and therefore I knew the pattern worked very well for me. I had this black knit silk in my stash that I was handed over a couple of months earlier so I decided to try to make something out of it with a familiar pattern. I went down one size, to a size 4, and lengthened the sleeves by 1″ in order to use this super-functional and luxurious material as a base layer. As it happened this tee is perfect for cold weather! Definitely one of my best everyday clothing pieces with a budget next to nothing.

4 replies on “Sew & Tell | Niina Tanskanen of Middlegray

  • hedgewick

    Great post! I love that you did this. One more sewist to watch, lol. BTW, I love love love that you show pattern variations of your patterns. I love the Alder and would like to do a long sleeved version with sleeve vents. In fact I have been looking for good tutorial for sleeve vents to no avail. Any suggestions? (I made a shirt recently and the instructions for the vent really stink!) I heard you might be coming to Maine for a workshop-can’t wait!

  • PsychicKathleen

    I love this T-shirt – our local fabric shop carries silk knit in black or white only and I love this material. Soft drapey, warm in a cozy, comfortable way (not hot!) but I just hadn’t landed on a pattern I would use for it. I’ve made a T by grainline but had a problem with the no darts issue and now that I’ve learned (finally!) how to add my own darts I might go back to that T shirt again! Thank you for sharing your experience and great successes!


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