It has been a jammed packed, crazy, and exciting year so far! I am so busy with some exciting new things happening in my life & I can’t wait to share them with all of you soon! It’s put me a little behind in my sewing and hobby life, so it has been very refreshing to have a break this weekend to plan and create!
This month for Sew My Style they are making t-shirts! (If you are not familiar with this challenge, you should look it up because I believe it to be one of the best sewing challenges out there.) Now, I’m not actually using the patterns they are providing this month because I already had two cut out from last month that I didn’t have time to sew. And since it is t-shirt month, I decided to review 5 different patterns that I have made and let you know my thoughts & fit comparison! 🙂
1.) Mandy Boat Tee!
I started with my favorite pattern of all time. And guess what?! It’s F-R-E-E!!! I’ve made about 3 different variations for myself and 2 for other people. It’s totally worth it. I cut about three inches off the length, but I have plans to make a dress from this pattern. It has a very classic boxy shape to it. It does not have set -in sleeves, but rather dolmen style sleeves that begin mid-bicep. I think the neckline is flattering and can create a really classy effect with other fabrics.
2.) Stellan Tee
This is one that I made this month for Sew My Style! I’m seriously in love with the pattern & again it’s absolutely free! It has a very classic fit to it that is very similar to my favorite H&M tee that I have. It still has a boxy feel but a cute curved hem for a feminine detail. I will be adjusting the sleeves to be shorter. I was planning on rolling them and tacking it, but I didn’t like the contrast with the inside fabric. But I will be making plenty more of these! I made a size medium and used less than a yard! My local fabric store had this remnant piece that was labeled 5/8 of yard and the only thing I didn’t have enough for was the neckband, so I used left over ribbed knit from another project I made. This fabric is the first time I ever used bamboo jersey and LET. ME. TELL. YOU. this is the softest dang thing I own. I’m never going back to another.
3.) Sunny Top
Friday Pattern Company is the first ever indie pattern company I purchased from. It was really the start of my sewing journey. I fell in love with their instructions, their brand, their beliefs, and continue to make their patterns. I am so impressed with this simple, but perfect t-shirt. I’ve made a ton of different versions and just recently started hacking it into a mock-neck that has been a game changer for me. It’s such a quick & easy sew that I recommend it to everyone! They really teach you how to work with knits and you create the perfect basic piece that every wardrobe needs. This is a tighter fitted t-shirt, so it’s perfect for layering, but most likely needs to be size graded between bust, waist, and hips if you have any sort of curves. It’s also a really big scoop neck, so I have to raise the neckline about one inch to avoid too much cleavage action. With the tighter fit, the curved hemline is very flattering.
4.) Waterfall Raglan
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know this is probably one of my favorite patterns. I think I have about 10 different variations!! This t-shirt typically has a ruffled hem, but I like to leave it off and extend the hem about four inches to create this awesome t-shirt! Because it’s supposed to be finished with a ruffle, leaving it off creates this really beautiful and easy-to-wear drape that I just cant’t get over. It’s hard to see in this photo, but the raglan sleeves also create and super cute touch!
5.) Plantain Tee
I know I have ranted over the greatness of these last 4 patterns, but I’m not a big fan of this last one. It’s a free pattern by Deer & Doe and I made it for Sew My Style this month. I would have to do so many fit adjustments to make it wearable that it’s not really worth it when the others fit me so well. I made the medium and I thought it would have a tighter fit, but it’s pretty baggy in the waist area. I’m not a fan of the plunging scoop-neck (even the Sunny Top was not that deep) and I found the sleeves to be REALLY tight and I don’t normally have that issue. I think this particular pattern looks very frumpy on me. It would probably work on someone with maybe less curves & longer torso. I just don’t want to bother with the adjustments. It is a free pattern and very quick sew – so go ahead and try it anyways! It could work for you. 🙂