Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

Today I’ve got our third Lark Tee variation for you, and this one is a classic colorblock tee. You can see our previous variations here and here if you happened to miss those. This variation has a lot of potential for print and fabric mixing which I always love. It’s a really easy variation that adds a lot of punch to an otherwise basic tee.

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

To start, you’ll want to split your pattern into the two colorblock sections. You can split the pattern anywhere, but I chose the underarm for this version. Wherever you choose, just make sure that you’re selecting points that match up between all three pattern pieces!

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

Split the pattern pieces and add your 1/4″ seam allowance onto the cut edges. That’s all the pattern alterations you need to do for this one. Next you’ll cut your pieces out of fabric.

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

You’ll want to first reattach the two halves of each pattern piece together to make complete pieces again. Press the seam allowances towards the hem of the garment.

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

Do this for all affected pieces. From here you’re going to follow the instructions included in the Lark instruction booklet.

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

While sewing, just watch to make sure that all of your colorblocked seams are aligned properly. If this is something you have trouble with you might consider basting the seam line before placing your final seam since basting is easier to correct than a serged seam!

Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top | Grainline Studio

I also increased the hem depth of my top above from 3/4″ to 1.5″. Since I used a slightly more “sweatery” fabric, a hemp/cotton blend, it seemed to go well with overall feel of the top. This is totally optional though!

That’s it, a super easy pattern variation that gives a lot of visual interest. It’s also a great solution for those cuts of knit fabric you have that are just short of the required yardage. I can’t be the only one with those yardage pieces in my stash!

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11 Responses to Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top

  1. Regina Roza says:

    Really love what you did with this pattern! The combinations are endless! Really love this one…thanks!

  2. Kristi says:

    This looks great. Can you share your fabric source?

  3. Rachel says:

    This is amazing, such a simple but fashion forward hack! Love it!

  4. Sandra says:

    Great Tutorial, especially for scraps

  5. Claudia says:

    Literally saw this and yelled “YESSSS!!” at my computer. Can’t wait to try it! Do you (or anyone else reading) have recommendations for a gsm weight/range for t-shirts when buying knits online?

  6. Genevieve says:

    What an easy and cute option for the basic t-shirt. Thanks 🙂
    Geni over at

  7. Chris says:

    Love, Love, Love this top Jen and thanks for sharing. Also echo Claudia’s request at getting the low down on weight and sources.

  8. great version! thanks so much for the tutorial

  9. PsychicKathleen says:

    Looks beautiful! Thank you for the advice re what to watch for when colour blocking! I plan to do a lot of that – I love the look and it’s a great way to use up little treasures in the stash!

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