The Panel Tee is a lovely simple shape made up of several panels. I originally thought how perfect the design would beÂ for colour blocking, but it’sÂ ALSOÂ perfect for mixing your textures which, in the end, is how I decided to show it. (I should have perhaps chosen a different colour though. I didn’t realise how difficult it was to photograph white!)
White is aÂ big colour for this summer – the high street is full of it. And there are LOADS of tonal texture and weave mixturesÂ around at the moment. This simple vest from Karen Millen has silk side panels and I love this elegant nude one belowÂ with a transparent yoke.
My version is made of three different materialsÂ Â – the front panel is 100% cotton in a batik pattern, and IÂ have combined it with silk side panels and lightweight gauzy cotton sleeves. It’s difficult to see here but the sleeves are transparent.
BelowÂ is another version of the Panel Tee that I made recently with completely different fabrics. I’ve used a prettyÂ patterned viscose for the front combined with a gorgeousÂ denim chambray that has a lovely silkyÂ lustre to it. Using two different fabrics like this highlights the flattering curve of the centre panel andÂ theÂ hourglass shape it creates. Lets face it, anything that gives the illusion of a waist has got to be good hasn’t it!
If you like this pattern for the Panel Tee, have a look at some of my other patterns like the Gathered Panel Tee which is similar but with an asymmetric ruched detail at the front. And the Panel Dress which is reallyÂ just a longer version of this top that works really well as a shift dress.
The Panel TeeÂ is no longer available as a free PDF downloadÂ -Â you can now buy it as a multisize paper or downloadable pattern. Sorry for any disappointment, but there are lots of otherÂ free patterns on the patterns tabÂ so please have a browse.