Friday, 7 June 2013

Something for ME!!

This the first fabric I bought after I had my colour analysis a few months ago. It's a cotton jersey remnant. The colour is right on the money according to my swatches. The fabric itself is a little bit stiff.

My wardrobe is in dire need of new tops, so in between dance costumes for my daughter, I pulled out my TNT Tee pattern from J.Stern Designs. I did Jennifer Stern's Fit the Tee to a Tee course on last year and got a really great fit out of this pattern. She has a very neat way of doing an FBA. This is my third version of The Tee.

For this Tee I decided to make the Vee neck variation I learned in her course, and extend the sleeves to full length for winter. I didn't quite get the sleeve length correct - more like 7/8th sleeves, but I'm happy enough.

I am really happy with my Vee neck! I took great care sewing the facing and topstitching. For the back neck I stabilized the neckline with narrow elastic, folded it over and topstitched. (Yes I possibly should have used black elastic, but you can't see the white when worn.) Then I joined the front and back yokes together and topstitched the seam down. It looks pretty neat to my eye.

I used my overlocker for all the other seams as I'm trying to become better friends with my overlocker. We have an "on again / off again" relationship. This became a problem when I made a silly mistake and beautifully overlocked the wrong side of the lower front to the yoke. It took me quite some time to unpick, being very careful not to put a hole in the fabric as it was a remnant and there was none left for a replacement panel.

I also cheated by using the flat construction technique for the sleeves (and feeling a little bit guilty whilst doing it, but also being very pleased with the results).

I like the shirt style hemline, but the curves are tricky to hem nicely, so I used Heat'n'Bond Lite tape to stick it in place. I used a double row of narrow zigzag for the hems and sleeves.

This Tee will be on high rotation this season.



  1. Glad to see you've been able to do something for yourself. Great looking T - especially love the hem, it was well worth the effort