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On the path to the perfect t-shirt… The Equinox tee

So a few weeks ago I started searching for a great t-shirt pattern – one that suits and fits my body shape in a style that I liked.

The second t-shirt pattern I chose was the Equinox tee from Pattern Fantastique. I’ve never used this indie company before but the photos looked good and I’d seen a few other instagrammers make some of her patterns before with success.

The Equinox tee is described as a 60s styled t-shirt with a wide neck, capped sleeves and a boxier shape. As well as the t-shirt it also has an option for bracelet length bell sleeves!

I made it up in a white cotton/ modal blend mid weight jersey from Discovery Knitting.

I had to alter the pattern a little to fit my frame. I cut a medium but the shoulders just came up really wide on me so I ended up taking it in an inch on both sides. I also had to shorten the neck band pattern piece otherwise it would have stood upright like a mandarin collar. Even shortened I still felt it wasn’t sitting completely flat! I ended up sewing some tiny darts into the band. It’s nothing noticeable but I as I had seen it up on my overlocker, I didn’t have the heart to rip out all the stitching in order to redo it!

I liked the style enough that I wanted to have a second go at it!

This time I went with a dusky pink jersey from Stoff & Stil. I made the same alterations to the bodice as before and also raised the sleeve head to match where I trimmed the shoulder back.

I made a little iron on decal with my Cricut Maker to adorn this one!

In retrospect, I think this jersey was a little heavy for this pattern.

I think I’m going to give this one one more go before giving up. I want to try it out in a stripe!

I feel like this is closer to want I want in a tee but it still isn’t perfect. I wonder if sizing down and doing an FBA might help? I seem to always noticed some lines pulling around the bust area!

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  1. Lovely Tees Emily! I’m determined not to buy any more Tee patterns – I already own so many and a couple I really love like the one by Jennifer Stern. Love this pattern! I would say yes to your idea to do an fba. I always do and find I get the best fit that way. I sew in darts too – usually a french and armhole (the more the merrier is my feeling about darts πŸ™‚ ) and my Tee’s fit me so well I love them πŸ™‚

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