Ok, I know. All I have been sewing lately are t-shirts. I ain’t gonna lie. I love me a good t-shirt. Especially the comfy, soft kind that you only get by washing a gazillion times. Threadbare…like a little cotton hug.
As mentioned in prior posts, I’ve been Pinterest-ing. I’ve found myself attracted to images of slouchy tees and skinny jeans. I also realize I’m a 40-something woman and those models are probably 20 years younger than me, a foot taller, and about 10 lbs skinnier. So, I’m having to figure out my own style when it comes to t-shirts. Shall we review?
Renfrew. Love this pattern. I blogged about my striped version previously. I also made a cowl neck version earlier this year in a blue sweater knit. I wear both versions quite a bit. I do find the Renfrew a little on the short side. I generally lengthen it. I also think that the neckband is a little wider than I like for my tastes. Both are very easy fixes. I do love Tashia’s method of inserting a neckband.
Blank Canvas T. It’s FREE. A simple kimono sleeve t shirt. These also get a lot of wear since making. I previously blogged about the black and brown striped version. This grey version is a sweater knit. The fabric doesn’t wear very well – it’s pilling in places. But, it’s conservative enough for me to wear it to work. I’ll make more of these for sure…but looking at the pictures, I’ll probably lengthen it a bit next time.
McCalls Raglan Sleeve T-shirt. The shirt came out ok. This is an example of two things – 1. The pattern fit SUCKED. A lot. HUGE and I made the xs. I don’t even know the pattern number because I threw the thing away. This is the second time I attempted a simple tshirt from McCalls and both times, too BIG. Never again. 2. Fabric choice. The fabric I used didn’t have enough stretch. Sigh. It’s a cute top…but not by favorite. (I just put it in the donation pile…I just don’t love it.)
I did by an independent pattern for a raglan t-shirt. Hopefully, my luck will be better with that one.
Simplicity 2054 – Cynthia Rowley T-shirt dress. Love this dress. Love this pattern. I know, it’s so simple. Why do I need a pattern to make this thing? Well, it was cheap and I am lazy. I will be making more of this dress. The only future adjustment I will make will be to the sleeve cap. There’s a lot of extra ease. Otherwise, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I think that I’ll make some shirts with this pattern.
Doe and Deer’s Plaintain T-Shirt. It’s FREE. Get it! There are a lot of cute versions out there. I have made a grey version and a turquoise version. For my tastes, there is too much flare at the bottom of the shirt. But, in my second version, I narrowed the flare down and did the short sleeve version. See picture below. It’s a well drafted pattern. I love the neckline (though many people say that it’s a little low). The shoulders fit very nicely.
(Btw, those are my Jalie jeans.)
Grainline’s Hemlock T-shirt. It’s FREE. Get it! It’s so simple, so comfy. I cut it out, sewed it up and I wore it last night to a pinball tournament. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes to sew. Plus, Grainline patterns are very well drafted. I will say, this pattern is very similar to Tessuti’s Mandy Shirt pattern (also free). The Mandy shirt has a boat neck – which l like a lot. At any rate, stay tuned for my Archer shirt that is currently under construction! (Sorry for the blurry photo…it was the only one that came out).
(Oh, yeah, I cut my hair! The prior pic shows it curly…a little wild, but the hubby likes it!)
What I learned:
1. Well, first off, I am a posing goof ball. One thing about this blogging thing…it makes you get in front of the camera…I am a dork.
2. There are a LOT of great free t-shirt patterns out there.
3. Don’t be afraid to try something, you may like something!
4. T-shirts are fun!