B5354: New favourite t-shirt

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Check out that tan, will ya?

A few years ago, I bought a yellow t-shirt that became my absolute favourite: interesting pleating and details on the neckline with just the right amount of drape made it flattering without being tight or revealing. I wore it to death. I still wear it, even though years of stains and stretch mean that it has been relegated to the not-leaving-the-house pile.

But I wanted to be able to wear it out or to work again, or something like it, so I bought a t-shirt pattern with interesting pleating at the neck and what looked like decent drape and hoped for the best.

I’m supposed to be a size 16 in this, but it is “very loose” according to the pattern description, so I went with the finished garment measurements instead and sewed up an 8/10. It’s a little snug across the shoulders but otherwise perfect. I can’t imagine this in a 16 on me. I’d have been swimming in it.

blog-3-2The yellow cotton knit came from Downtown Fabrics on Queen West during my April spree, and it is soft and a perfect light/medium weight.

Sewing up the pleats was a bit time consuming, but otherwise the pattern was simple and straightforward. I used knit seam stabilizer and a walking foot on the hems to make it nice and flat, and the other seams are serged. Easy peasy.

Wherein the pleats are actually somewhat visible. Love them.
Wherein the pleats are actually somewhat visible. Love them.

The only alteration to the basic pattern I made was with the facing: it would roll up. This is a problem I’ve noted with RTW knit tops with facings, too, so I don’t think it’s the pattern. I just tacked the facing to the pleats on the inside and serged the facing a bit narrower, and problem solved.

And yes, it’s the fancy shorts again. They are so comfortable. I’ve already worn this combo a bunch of times together. Love love love them.

3 thoughts on “B5354: New favourite t-shirt”

  1. Oh, interesting t-shirts that are flattering and chic are almost the Holy Grail, it seems. I’ve been schlubbing around in regular old heathered gray v-necks with fancy skirts, which is sort of dissonant.

    I love that you found the perfect buttery yellow, and got your interesting seaming. Too bad for its indoors-only inspiration.

    The fancy shorts ride again!

    1. Those shorts will be riding everywhere this summer. They are so comfortable.

      It’s true on the t-shirts. I find it really hard to find a good pattern for an interesting-looking knit tee. They’re either very very basic or oftentimes just weird, with lots of stuff going on. The pleating was a happy medium and it adds a bit of welcome space to the top front without being baggy or weird.

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