I’m afraid to admit that until now I haven’t made the Key Largo Top. However the time lost without these in my life will definitely be made up in quantity!
I love that the tie front trend is even stronger this year. I’m all over it, just watch.
The Key Largo by Hey June is a very versatile basic woven tee. It can be a quick scrap buster tee when you make it without the ties or center front seam, and you can play with prints and textures with the bias cut front.
I made my first one using this beautifully rich sevilla shot from the Sewing Studio in Portland. Obviously I was drawn to this mallard color, but you really need to go check out all the colors she has. They are so rich and deep! I linked them all right here, so pause and look and I’ll be right here when you get back.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to make when I ordered it, because I wanted to see what it was like. I hadn’t heard of sevilla shot before, but I imagined it would be similar to linen. Though I regrettably haven’t made much with linen yet, I would say they sew up and drape similarly. This has a beautiful weave to it though, that I determined would look great cut on the bias, so the Key Largo was the obvious choice once I got my hands on it.
I’m so glad too, because this was also the most practical choice for my wardrobe. I don’t really have any casual woven tees, just knit. I now feel like I can dress more put together around the house. So naturally I needed to make more….
I pre-ordered this Amalfi fabric from Rifle Paper Co. with the Key Largo in mind, but I was originally planning to cut it on the bias. My only concern was that I am not a big fan of chevrons. Then I came across this shirt and decided to alternate the direction of the stripes for the perfect amount of visual interest. As sewists we know that alternating the grain is a big no no, but I figured if RTW was doing it, I could give it a try. If anything goes awry, the tie front style should hide it. Then I added a pocket to complete the look.
You can see the pocket creates a nice little check look because the fabric is slightly sheer, but not sheer enough that you can really see my cami underneath. I did use a white fabric for the neck binding because I didn’t want it to be visually distracting.
The other hack I did was to add an exposed zipper. The shirt is designed to slip over the head, and it does. Tops without closures are generally more appealing to sewists because they are quicker, but I prefer closures. I think they elevate the garment, make it easier to get on and aren’t too much more trouble to add. I especially like it here because the colors of this shirt are begging for the boldness of the exposed zipper.
I paired this top with my new Rifle Paper Co. shoes, and if you use my referral link you can get 15% off! (Just go to – Collections > Keds x Rifle Paper Co.) I also used a Les Fleurs pencil in my hair (also available with your 15% off) because you can never have too much Rifle Paper Co.!
Pattern adjustments: Lengthened by 2.75″ (2.35″ at the waist and .5″ at the hem) | Lengthened the sleeves .25″ | Did a .75″ Broad back adjustment.
I think I’m going to make a gingham version of this top next using the Cheyenne tunic, Willamette and the Key Largo!
What do you think of the tie front trend?
*The sevilla shot fabric was provided to me for this post, and this post also contains affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only rave about things I really like. ?