A tee for every day of the week… Tuesday
When I started this long sleeve tee project, I was searching for the perfect tee pattern for me. As I began sewing, I realised that there are different tees for different situations and there might just be more than one perfect tee!
I have a tight fitting RTW striped long sleeve tee (purchased 5+ years ago) that gets worn loads in the cooler months. It’s the perfect layering tee… to be worn under clothes. I wanted to replicate this tee and I decided that Kwik Sew 3766 might be the pattern for the job… but I was very, very, very wrong!
To recreate a tight fitting tee, I sewed the size small with the length of the extra large. The Kwik Sew pattern was disappointing to say the least. The shoulders were wide, there was excess fabric in the upper body and it was too tight in the bust. Yes, all sorts of wrong. It was so ill-fitting, I didn’t even finish the neckline or hem it before relegating it to my pyjama draw. That’s where all my failed knit projects end up. What do you do with your failed knit projects?
That being said, the fit from the waist to the hem was just what I was looking for. Can you guess what happened next? Yes, that’s right, I married the top half of Megan Nielsen’s Briar pattern to the bottom half of Kwik Sew 3722. Sarah, your pattern mashing ways are rubbing off on me!
The ‘marrying’ wasn’t as straight forward as you might think as the seam allowances on the patterns differed greatly. The seam allowances on the Briar are 5/8″ and the Kwik Sew pattern includes 1/4″ seam allowances. I over-layed the patterns, worked through the maths, checked the length of the side seams with my trusty Curve Runner (read more about this tool in my last post) and I was good to go. During this ‘marrying phase’ I might have banned my husband and children from talking to me!
The end result is not as tight as the RTW top that I was trying to replicate, but it’s a very wearable layering tee that will be perfect under my Liberty Linden Sweatshirt and some soon to be sewn garments.
Pattern: A marriage between Megan Nielsen’s Briar Sweater & T-shirt Sewing Pattern & Kwik Sew 3766
Size: The Briar was an SX in the shoulders and a S in the bust and arms & Kwik Sew 3766 was an S in the waist/hips with the length of an XL
Fabric: European cotton lycra knit from Crafty Mamas
Alterations: Merging the two patterns together!
Accessories: Scarf from Scarlet Jones and shoes from Habbot
Location: Fairfield Park