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The Stellan Tee // French Navy

My quest for the perfect T-shirt pattern ground to a halt last year. I was feeling a little disheartened with the results I was getting and had decided to just give the matter a rest but recently a friend mentioned the recent release of a free pattern The Stellan Tee by French Navy and I figured it was time for another go!

And I’m so glad I did!

Now it’s not perfect yet but it’s as close as I’ve come so far and I think just a little bit of tinkering will get me there!

I made mine in a cotton rib jersey from Stoff & Stil in the most beautiful caramel colour. I cut a size M grading to an L at the hip to match up with the measurement guide, though in retrospect, I don’t think I needed to do that.

It has set in sleeves and slightly curved hem. It’s designed to be slightly cropped. It’s finished with a neckband and has an optional extra step to bind the back neck seam if you wanted too. I used some ribbing (also from Stoff & Stil) for the neck and for the arms just to give it a contrasting retro vibe.

I finished the hem with a twin needle but to be honest I think I’m going to have to invest in a coverstitch machine because I’m always so unhappy with how these twin needle hems turn out!

I added another twist to this tee with a little design on the front!

I designed a little slogan and used my Cricut Maker to cut it out of some iron on vinyl. I think the “perfectly imperfect” line is rather representative of my sewing (and life!)!!!

I liked the tee enough that I immediately made a second one! This time in a light purple cotton jersey! (Don’t mind the wrinkles…)

I did the same cuff finish to the sleeves and added a little patch pocket too! I shortened this one even more than the original cropped length of the tee just because I quite liked how it looked! It sits well over high waisted jeans!

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  1. The only thing I regret about getting a coverstitch is not getting it sooner!!! 🙂

    Love your tee and as a fellow Maker junkie…yay for custom tees!!

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