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How We Wear It: Merlo Field Tee

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog. | How We Wear It: Merlo Field Tee by Sew House Seven

I did a happy dance when Peggy from Sew House Seven released the Merlo Field Tee. I love all things reminiscent of 70s fashion, and this design gives me major retro vibes with its contrast stripes along the shoulder and bicep. Paired with our cupro jersey (available in four colors!), I knew I was going to get a lot of wear out of this top.

The Merlo Field Tee is a sporty knit tee with two neckline and three sleeve length options. I chose the wide neck with the 3/4 sleeve length. I sewed this top in a size 4 graded to a 6 at the hips.

Indiesew | Merlo Field Tee Sewing Pattern

Merlo Field Tee | Contrast Stripes

Merlo Field Tee Back View | Sewing Pattern by Sew House Seven

Merlo Field Tee | Indiesew Blog

Merlo Field Tee by Sew House Seven | Indiesew Style Post

Merlo has a boxy fit and is intended to be sewn in knit fabrics with lots of drape, like bamboo, or rayon jersey. Our cupro knits are ideal for this design. The contrast panels allow you to use up scrap fabric and make a big visual impact.

I tend to avoid drop shoulder or dolman sleeve designs because I feel like my already small shoulders get lost without a defined armscye seam. But I was drawn to the Merlo because the inset panels actually draw the eye to the shoulders, making them more prominent. I think using a darker color for the panels next time would make an even bigger impact.

The fit for me is great, though next time I would probably size down one size, but still grade out in the hips. This top is one that I find myself reaching for when I want to be comfy, but still insert a hint of my love of 70s fashion. 

Despite the extra seams of the contrast panels, Merlo is still very much a beginner-friendly pattern! If you're starting to get into sewing with more knits, this is a great design to try.


Indiesew Cupro Jersey

I sewed the body of my Merlo Field Tee in our Slate Cupro Jersey and the contrast stripes in our Fern Cupro Jersey.

Indiesew Fabric | Cupro Jersey

This fabric was a joy to sew with! I used my trusty Heat N Bond Soft Stretch on the hems, but otherwise, everything came together quickly and without issue. I love the drape and soft hand of this fabric! Check out my Penny Raglan I sewed in the grape colorway.

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