Today I’m here to wrap up what turned out to be a fantasist tshirt month! Click here to see all my posts and patterns that I used as well as different fabrics I tried.
I learned quite a bit this month about what style of tshirt I want to make and wear and it ended up being very different from what I thought I wanted. Turns out, I love a looser fit, a scooped neck, and a very soft fabric. Maybe some day I’ll prefer something else, but for right now, this is what feels good and is what I reach for over and over again.
I fell in love with Love Notions patterns and learned I really like a cotton jersey mixed with rayon or modal. I want to share a list of patterns that people mentioned, some of them over and over again, as well as a couple other helpful links. Bookmark this post for when you’re in the mood to sew some t-shirts!
Claire Shaeffers’ Fabric Sewing Guide was a book that was recommended and I thought I would share as the book I referred to is no longer in print. It’s extremely helpful to have reference books that can help you pin point specific fabrics that you can then go looking for online. Also having expert information on how to sew and care for the fabric is something that you can’t always assume you will find quickly through google.
I got a lot of unsolicited advice (!) and thought I would share a neckband tutorial with y’all. This one from Melly Sews is good and pretty comprehensive. Some of the shirts I ended up not liking I slapped on neckbands to finish and show you and tried to be clear about that. I and my sewing are never perfect and I realize I have a lot of experienced sewists that have a lot of great advice. I would just say, maybe unless someone says ‘hey I would like advice on this!’ know that it is not always needed? Food for thought? I am going to be more clear on what I am just sharing and what I want advice on in the future.
Ok and here is a grand list of tshirt patterns that followers have used and loved with links to all of them. Have fun sewing yourself the perfect t-shirts! Thanks for following along this month!
Today I have the final two makes of tshirt month and this weekend I’ll be posting all my final thoughts as well as all the great recommendations I’ve received this month! To see all the posts, click here.
Today I’m looking at two shirts with different styles of neckline (as opposed to the more classic options we’ve seen in the other shirts this month!) and both of them have options to be made into dresses. I had great success with one, not so much with the other. But I have learned a lot in the process so let’s dive in!
Pattern One is the Glenelly Top and Dress by Itch to Stitch Patterns
Pattern Details and Options: From the website, “The Glenelly features a modern square neckline, raglan short sleeves, and a figure-flattering fit. Designed for knit fabric, both the top and dress options could be dressed up or down. The dress option has gathers in the center front and center back waist, and a slightly-raised front waistline. The Glenelly also comes in a full-bust option.”
I made the top version in a size 4
Fabric used: I used a ponte from my stash. It was entirely the wrong fabric and I don’t want to go into detail about it because this is not a tshirt fabric! It was in my stash and stable and I used it without thinking!!
Thoughts on fit: This is a raglan style sleeve which, I have learned this month!!, is a style that I really, really don’t like on myself. I feel like it widens by shoulders and flattens my chest, two things I would really like the opposite to happen! That being said, the fit is more close fitting with a really lovely neckline.
Thoughts on style: This is great when you’re wanting more than a basic tee.
What I don’t like: Everything about this pattern is great except the style is just not for me. I consider this valuable information though, I now know to stay away from raglans. I’m just never happy with how they look! I also think only two variations, one just being a dress (which is easy to do to any tshirt pattern really) maybe isn’t a great value.
What I do like: The inclusive size range, the excellent instructions and drafting on the neckline, the fact that this is a great base pattern that you could easily build into something else!
Pattern Two: The Breckenridge Henley by Love Notions
Pattern Details and Options: From the website, “The Breckenridge Henley is an easy to wear top, tunic or dress. Meant for knit fabrics, this style will take you through all seasons. The neckline is an unconventional henley style that is easy to sew. No buttonholes required! Three body lengths are included: shirt, tunic and dress. Sew up this versatile style with short sleeves, roll tabbed long sleeve, or cuffed long sleeve.”
I made the long sleeve cuff version in a size medium
Fabric used: I used this white sand sedona mini stripe jersey and it is the comfiest, softest fabric ever. I have enough left over that I’m going to make some kind of bottoms with it and have a luxurious lounge/pajama outfit.
Thoughts on fit: I am fully aboard the Love Notions fan train. Their patterns fit me well (I think the attention to bust and sizing and full bust options makes a ton of difference) and their instructions and thoughtful designs mean you will have success with whatever it is you’re making.
Thoughts on style: A classic Henley with options for a dress or tunic and I love the sleeve variations. Can be very casual, think pjs, or made in a different fabric can be a great every day t shirt.
What I don’t like: I don’t think there’s anything negative for me to say about this one!
What I do like: Something really interesting and handy is that the button placket is just for show, so no button holes. That makes this a really quick make but the details elevate the shirt to look like more than a simple tee.
For the fabric today I’m just going to talk about the Jersey from Surge Fabrics. “This mini stripe jersey is a classic choice for t-shirts. It is soft and light-weight without being sheer.” It is composed of 64%rayon, 14% cotton, 18%poly, 4%spandex and has a 50% horizontal stretch and 25% vertical.
This fabric reminds me of ready to wear lounge wear and I will be keeping this fabric content in mind when looking for cozy t-shirts to make and wear. It is light weight and I wished I had used a tad heavier interfacing for the neck band, just to get a cleaner topstitching. Otherwise it was not too difficult to work with and I literally want to drape myself in it and curl up for a nap. That comfortable. It does feel more casual- a mix of the print and light weight-ness I think!
Thanks for following along as I tried out all these t-shirts! I learned a lot about what I like to wear and make and now have a closet full of great t-shirts to wear for the rest of the fall. Speaking of fall… Next weekend I’m going to start talking about fall sewing and plans and all things capsule. Be sure you’re following me to stay in the loop!!!