Two-Tone Singlet


Like many of you no doubt, I was recently(ish) contacted by Teach Me Fashion, a talented mother and son duo from Australia who create sewing patterns and accompanying video tutorials. They wanted to know if I would try out their free Two-Tone Singlet and tutorial, and considering how cute the pattern is I didn't hesitate to oblige!



The Two-Tone Singlet is perfect for using up leftover fabric so I smugly put the remains of my second Lilou dress to good use. I may or may not have sparked a bit of an online debate by originally referring to the print as 'tribal', so I'll go with 'geometric' to avoid knickers getting in twists this time. Whatever you want to call it, I love this viscose and want it in all available colourways!



The pattern is quite boxy, but it has some pretty cute design details which make it fun to sew and wear! The interesting panelling is open to endless variations in terms of fabric matching/contrasting, and I like the sweet pleats on the lower half of the back. The right angles are tricky to sew though, especially in slippery viscose, and mine are not even close to being perfect! I think I just about got away with it due to the busy print.


Despite how adorable I find this pattern, I'm not sure it suits my larger bust. Sure, it's floaty and comfortable, but it's not exactly flattering on me. If I decide to sew it again there are two main things I'd change. First, I'd lower the neckline a tad as I find it sits unnecessarily (but not chokingly) high. Then, I'd raise the armholes by a lot! I'm kind of annoyed I didn't automatically do it on this version, because I could tell from the version on the model that they looked way too low for my liking. Nevermind, you live and learn!



I must say, I'm really impressed by Teach Me Fashion! Although not all their designs are to my personal taste, they have a neat range consisting of dresses, a skirt, leggings, trousers and a coat, which you can pick up from their Etsy shop. What sets this mother and son duo apart though, are their accompanying video tutorials, which are pretty great. They are cleanly shot and straight to the point, with no unnecessary frills and pointless chatter! 

Have you experienced Teach Me Fashion yet? What do you think to their approach?

28 comments:

  1. Why have I never heard of Teach me Fashion? I really like your top and agree, it's a great stashbuster. I love your fabric choices.

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    1. Thank you! Hope you try them out now ;o)

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  2. This looks very cute on you. They contacted me too and asked me to test/review the pattern. I've been hesitant so far as I don't think it would necessarily suit my body shape, but it does look as if it would be great for many people.

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    1. Thanks Sam! Definitely not a style for everyone's shape, but still cute though!

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  3. Looks fun and very good on you!
    LOVE your fringe BTW.

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  4. Super cute panelling! And I bet you could add ties that begin from the sides of the front panel if you wanted a more waist-hugging silhouette. Also, your hair is gorgeous.

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    1. That's a great idea to make this work better for me...thanks Katrina!!!

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  5. I like Katrina's idea of ties! Plus, I think you are doing yourself down - this looks great on you.

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    1. Yes, I think Katrina's a genius! And...thank you :o)

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  6. I love the two fabrics you've used for this, and it looks like they sit together flawlessly after sewing! I've never heard of this company before at all. Your hair looks great, btw!

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  7. i think this is really cute on you! also, i'm not convinced that every thing we wear must be 100% "flattering." anyways, this is a fun top, i love the inset details.

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    1. You're right Lisa! Life's too short to worry about things looking perfect always ;o)

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  8. I really like this! I sewed this up myself in January (you can check out my blog if you like, no spamming or highjacking intended) and definitely found the neck line high and tight! I worked out quickly that I needed to dress before styling hair or applying make up :) The mitred corners are quite tricky especially on slinky fabric!

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    1. Oh wow, your version is so gorgeous!!!

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  9. so cute! great pairing of fabrics, too!

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  10. I really like the shirt, but I agree with you about the neckline and arm holes. I think that it would be much more flattering that way! Although I think it looks fine on you as it is. x

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    1. Thanks Stevie, defo room for improvement despite its cuteness ;o)

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  11. looks really really good! awesome fabric!

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  12. This looks so lovely on your Marie! I love the fabric choices, and I think it's very flattering on you! If i was to make it I would definitely raise the armholes too. x

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  13. It's super cute and I love your panelling but I can see what you mean. I think you'd feel more comfortable with a slightly lower neckline and a standard square (or triangle?) yoke in front. Glad you're sewing a storm though ;-)

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  14. Ooh what a great way to use up leftovers - it looks lovely! But as other people have mentioned I see what you mean re the neckline and armholes.

    Tribal/geometric? Bah call it what you want!! ;)

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