Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In Search of the Perfect T-shirt Pattern
8879, I had to give it a try. Not expecting too much, I cut out the pattern without doing any alterations, except for a little lengthening. Too my surprise, I actually love it! The cut is just perfect to hang loose, but fit just right at the shoulders.
There are a few things that are different about this particular pattern from your typical t-shirt.
1. There are no set in sleeves. The sleeve is cut-on the front and back pieces, so the shoulder seam just extends all of the way down.
2. The bottom and sleeves are finished with bands, not hemmed. The sleeve band has a some mitering at the top to give it that slightly angular look.
3. The v-neck is very narrow and deep, which I really like. I made the Large size, which would normally be too wide at the neckline for me, but this one was just perfect.
4. The sleeves are 3/4 length and very close fitting. This is a good all-season sleeve- you can easily fit a cardigan over it if you are too chilly, but you're not going to get overheated on a warm day either.
I made another out of a beefier cotton/lycra knit, and it is a little too stiff for the pattern. I think this pattern really is best for thin drapey rayon knits.
There are two other views in this pattern as well, but both are short sleeved, so they will be on the short list when the weather warms up. So, bravo, Vogue! You have a winner in my book!
Posted by Ann Brodsky