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.


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?


Even slower than the last shirt

Even slower than the last shirt


The binding I originally used for this shirt was too heavy for the lightweight jersey, and this poor shirt has been sitting in my sewing pile for around 2 years. My reluctance to make the change was due to the clinginess of the tee. Even though it was the same size and has the same 50% stretch factor as all my other tees, this one was just too clingy to be flattering. After the fit issues of my last shirt, I tried it on again, and I guess boot camp is paying off, because I love the fit of it now.

I added the roller skate using a stencil from Stencil 201, and Pebeo Setacolor Opaque paints. This is the first time I’ve used the paints with a stencil, and the results are not as sharp as using freezer paper, but it was quick and easy.


I’m feeling pretty satisfied with this completion. I’m feeling inspired to tackle more UFOs.


Is there a slow clothes movement?

Is there a slow clothes movement?


Reasons why this shirt didn’t make it to my wardrobe:

  • the neckline is saggy
  • topstitching is imperfect
  • the colour wasn’t right for spring

At some point I added the heat transfer vinyl heart. See the original heart here, and yes, it took me 1.5 years to finally make it for myself.


And after a few more months of sitting around, I took these pictures, and realized I kind of like it. I really love the pattern – as evidenced here, here, and here – even with the neckline fit issues. I removed 1/4″ at the neckline at each seam, but now I’m wondering if I need a smaller size. Unfortunately I have lost the pattern sheet for this issue, but I’m sure it will turn up once I commit to the magical art of tidying. Until then, I’ll just wear this one.

The Details
Pattern Burdastyle 2/2013 Pattern 126 Size 42
Fabric Type Rayon Jersey
Stretch Factor 50%