A t-shirt seems like such a simple thing. But a perfectly fitted one? Now that’s a more elusive thing to find.
I’ve realised recently that I’ve never really had a t-shirt that I’ve loved – that’s including both shop bought ones and hand made. There’s always something a little off, from being too tight or loose, a wrong neckline or body shape. Sometimes they’re comfortable but look really awful. There’s just so many problems! So I’ve decided my new mission is to find one that works for a curvy petite person looking for that balance between comfort and style.
So what are my criteria for a “perfect” tee?
Well that’s a tough first question. If I knew what I wanted then I probably wouldn’t have this problem!
I can’t never quite tell if I want something loose and boxy or something more form fitting, though I think there’s space for both types in my wardrobe.
I figured the best way to learn would be to try making a few!
So first up on my list is the… Basic InstincT tee from the Secondo Piano blog.
(Sasha has made this PDF pattern available for free on her blog so you can get your copy here if you’re interested).
This is a simple semi fitted crew neck t-shirt, finished with a neck band. The pattern and instructions also come with loads of tips and markings to allow for perfect stripe matching if that’s something you struggle with.
All sounds good so far, right?
My main concern with this tee is that Sasha has obviously designed it to fit her and her needs. And she’s a tall slim Italian lady whose body does not look like mine in the slightest… It leaves a lot of room for error.
But it seemed a simple enough pattern that I thought it was worth a go!
I used some bamboo jersey I had in my stash (I got it from Discovery Knitting) for this make. The fabric is very soft and feels lovely with a lot of stretch and drape to it.
And here we are!
I’m wearing it with the sleeves rolled up because, well, that’s just how I roll!
I’ve already adorned it with some Cricut love. I designed and made these iron on vinyl Girl Gang decals which I am totally in love with. (The vinyl I used is specialist stuff for stretchy knit fabrics from Happy Fabrics UK which they sent to me to try out).
So is it a perfect t-shirt? Not for me. Not that that’s going to stop me from wearing it either but it means I’m still on the hunt.
Though I wonder if part of my problem is the jersey that I’ve used. It’s very non-traditional compared to a ready-to-wear cotton tee. Don’t get me wrong, it feels great on but next time I’d like it in a slightly firmer/ heavier knit.
Next up on the t-shirt list – the Equinox tee from Pattern Fantastique. Keep and eye out for that one soon!