I am literally totally in love with the way this T-shirt turned out. It is a long cry from perfect, mostly because of the plaid print that is nowhere near the grainline.
I laid out a couple of my favourite shirts. I measured the arms; both in length and in width. (Fat upper arms). I measured the length of the back of the shirt, and I measured across the bust under the arms. I took these garment measurements and I use them to help me choose the size pattern pieces. This is a very different message from using the measurements on the back of the pattern envelope or measuring my own body. Neither of those methods have proved successful for me in the past. It looks like I finally got a winner. If I own something already, and I love the way it fits, I will use that garment’s measurements for sewing like items.
On this particular project, I tried very hard to match the plaid on both side seams. I was not successful. I’m going to blame the print itself. It’s off grain, and I don’t even think it’s even from one section to the next of the fabric.
Let’s go with that. Regardless, I love this shirt, I love how dressy it looks on.
The pattern calls for a facing around the neckline. This particular T knit rolls very badly on the cut edge. Given that, I just didn’t want to deal with the facing underneath my shirt rolling up. I just turned under the seam allowance, and stitched it down flat, then trimmed the excess, close to my stitching line, to keep it from rolling.
The only thing about this is that there’s basically nothing holding the front together, at the centre top edge of the V. I tried to add extra stitching to reinforce this edge. Only time will tell if that was a good idea or not. I will definitely be making this pattern again in other knit fabrics. I still don’t like the idea of a facing on a T-shirt. I will let it percolate in the back of my mind, as I am moving on to sewing for my kids again now.
I cannot wait to wear the shirt to work!!!
Taking selfies is extraordinarily difficult. I just felt that the shirt looks so much better on me than it does on the couch. Please ignore my purple pyjama pants. It’s still -21°C here.