In search of a better T-shirt pattern.

In search of a better T-shirt pattern.

I’ve been using the same T-shirt pattern (an amalgamation of a few patterns) for several years. Anytime I venture to try a new pattern, I pull out my old standard for comparison. Lately the fit is not as perfect as it used to be, and thus I am holding auditions for a new favourite. This is the Meg McElwee T-shirt pattern from the Craftsy course Sewing with Knits, the same as I used for this mustard dress, and while the fit is great for the dress, I prefer a looser fit through the waist. I made a medium with 2″ extra length added.

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This is another Stencil 201 stencil. I was going for a Lemonade/Coral/Aubergine gradient using my new Tulip Colorshot paint. The gradient didn’t work out, but I like the paint a lot. It’s not stiff like other Tulip paints I’ve used.

P450-IMG_8880I had considered this whole project of a fail, yet I keep wearing it. It’s super comfortable (100% stretch) and surprisingly, I really like the colour. Unfortunately it’s already pilling, so the rest of this material is earmarked for underwear. What’s your favorite T-shirt pattern?

 

Now it’s my favorite hoodie.

Now it’s my favorite hoodie.

There’s not too much competition for favorite hoodie for I had to dispose of my true favorite hoodie; there was a hole growing in the sleeve that was getting ridiculous. That left my back up hoodie, which has a pocket falling off it. Why I have never made a hoodie, I have no idea, since I wear one everyday.

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Now that I have converted the pink pullover to a proper zip-up, I have broken the barrier and will make another. This version is far from perfect, but I like it so much more. Once I make a few more in other fabrics, if I have enough of this pink French terry, I’ll make a better one. I like the striped cuffs and waistband, but then I would line the hood with stripes, and keep the front pocket in pink.

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Looking at the two versions, I can see that the pullover version may even be more flattering. Yet I wore it exactly once as a pullover, and have already worn the zip-up version a half a dozen times since the conversion.

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The Details
Course  Sewing with Knits with Meg McElwee on Craftsy
Pattern  Fleece Hoodie
Size  Medium
Fabric Medium weight French Terry
Fleece hoodie

Fleece hoodie

I love knits; wearing and sewing them. While my knit sewing skills are pretty good, I am always looking for new information, which led me to Sewing with Knits  by Meg McElwee on Craftsy. I decided to watch the fleece hoodie section even thought I knew I didn’t want one. I wear hoodies most days, but I really like to have a zipper. Meg’s teal version was lovely and I couldn’t resist making one.

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This hung in my closet for a week before I finally made myself wear it. It’s nice enough; I guess. It’s just not me. Picking up Adeline she yelled, “Why are you wearing that?”

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I have no idea why this doesn’t work for me. I often wear pink, but maybe this is the wrong pink? I am going to try adding a front zipper, and sleeve and waistbands.

The Details
Course  Sewing with Knits with Meg McElwee on Craftsy
Pattern  Fleece Hoodie
Size  Medium
Fabric Medium weight French Terry
A shirt for Simon

A shirt for Simon

Now I have officially sewn clothing for my entire family. I’m feeling pretty good about this first shirt attempt for Simon.

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It’s less fitted than I would like, but better fitted than a lot of his store bought shirts, so I’m calling this a success. I’ll take the man and the shirt to sewing class to see how the fit can be improved on his next one.

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Instead of reading the Burda directions I followed Pam Howard’s Craftsy course. She is not quite as efficient in delivering information as Janet Pray, but the course was informative and pleasant to watch. She has a very calming manner. She includes a lot of hand sewn details, which I did for this shirt, but I would skip for my next. My favorite part of this shirt is the pocket, sewn perfectly following Pam’s instructions.

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The Details
Course  The Classic Tailored Shirt with Pam Howard
Pattern  Burdastyle 03/2009 Pattern 132
Size  48
Fabric Cotton shirting with a bit of stretch.
Notions Size 18 Gray Pearl Snaps, Interfacing
Jean Jackets

Jean Jackets

Last year I made Casper a jean jacket. It was a labor intensive, super difficult project made more frustrating because I started seeing super cheap, ready to wear versions everywhere. But my perseverance paid off, for the jacket turned out great and I got far greater enjoyment watching him wear it than I would have for a store bought version. I loved it so much I made Adeline her own; this time with far less frustration.
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The thought that there would be many more of these in the coming years is what led me to the Sew Better, Sew Faster course on Craftsy.
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The class includes a jean jacket pattern, so I made one for myself. Mine has been completed for a while, all but the snaps anyway. The weather has been too crummy to wear it anyway.

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Yes, Casper and I have matching jackets.

The Craftsy course was awesome. Even if I never make another jean jacket it would be worth it. I don’t remember or choose to follow all her guidelines all the time (there is a certain satisfaction to sewing a seam and immediately pressing it) still my sewing speed has increased dramatically. I look forward to watching the course again when I make Casper his next jacket.

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About this jacket…it’s growing on me. I wish it were a bit more fitted and that it had a proper waistband. The shoulders are a bit too boxy as well. But I have worn it once already which is more than I can say for other stuff I’ve made. Casper’s is made from the same linen and his jacket is now soft and lovely, so time may turn this into a favorite.

The Details
Course Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets with Janet Pray
Pattern Islander Sewing Systems Jacket Express Pattern
Size Sm (strange sizing on this pattern)
Fabric Medium weight linen
Notions Size 18 Gray Pearl Snaps, Interfacing
Zephyr Romper

Zephyr Romper

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I made this romper at the end of last summer and I’m not sure if Adeline even had a chance to wear it before the weather turned. I wasn’t completely in love with it, but I decided to take it on vacation anyway. These pictures don’t quite do it justice; the romper is super adorable. It’s the pockets and leg ties that make it so sweet.

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I used the Kid’s Romper Revamp  class on Craftsy. I still have to watch the section on making this into a dress, and I probably will now that I’ve seen how cute it is on her. I learned lots of great sewing tips, but the most useful part was of Shelley measuring her model; Adeline watched and let me measure her perfectly. For a few days following she would bring me the measuring tape and ask to be measured. I’ll have to let her watch it again, she’s grown lots since I took those measurements.