When summer comes calling, I love wearing my t-shirts, easy to pull on, easy to wear, it’s a no-brainer, really. When Montreux Fabrics announced on Instagram that they had a very short 50% discount off all jersey deal, I had to get some, despite having bought a decent amount of fabric at the NEC in March, some of it from them! I also had a stripe binge on, I love stripes! And blue. Especially in the summer, when my wardrobe staple colour of shades of greys turns to shades of blues. Once washed, dried and ironed, they languished for a bit while I finished up other projects – and tried to decide which patterns to use.
I have a couple of patterns I’ve bought for tees, and my own block. The fit on the Birgitte Basic tee is hard to beat, for me, anyway. I followed Maria’s instructions for the FBA and have ended up with a tee pattern that’s pretty darned good. So I decided two of the pieces would be Birgittes, one V-neck and one scoop. A couple of years ago I raised that scoop neck when I made some contrast colour tees, I like the height of that new scoop, especially if I’m going to be on the allotment, bending over…
I started with the V-neck, using a blue and white random stripe fabric – no pattern matching required!! Composition is Micro Modal and Elastene, it feels nice and cool to the touch. As all my adjustments were already done, all I needed to do was cut and sew! In hindsight, I should have payed a little more attention to exactly where all those stripes were going, but it’s too late now!
The second tee, scoop neck version was made using a navy blue and white stripe, which also comes in a red/pink. The fibre content is Viscose and elastane, and it’s another lovely fabric, lighter than the first. This time all stripes were pinned, I pinned the fabric together before cutting out, checked the stripes going across and lined up a white stripe at the underarm on the front, back and armhole pieces so it would all line up. I even pinned every second stripe (front and back) together and basted with the sewing machine before heading to the overlocker! Those suckers were NOT going to move…
And it worked! I always pin and then sewing machine baste the neckbands on t-shirts, I don’t trust myself enough with the overlocker to ensure everything is straight all the time, it’s much easier to maintain seam allowance width on the sewiing machine! So I stitch with the machine, then overlock. I use a 4mm twin needle for topstitching the neckbands, it looks better than the narrower one. I have a 2.5mm twin needle that’s used for hems.
All in all, a very successful pair of tees to wear this summer (and for the forseeable future). I managed another three tees, using different patterns, all new to me. Stay tuned to see them and find out how I got on!
ps: The links are just there for you to find what I used, no money has or will change hands! Or fabric…
12 thoughts on “It’s all about the Tees – Part I”
Love both your striped Tees! I’m a big fan of Maria Denmark’s patterns as well and her tutorials are fabulous – have you seen her youtube channel? You’re so right about basting the neckband on by machine first. I always tell myself I’m going to do it then think oh no I’ll be alright THEN of course I regret it because it ends up not looking quite right (and naturally this will be at the centre front!) when removing it is not really an option. In the future I’m definitely going to start doing this 🙂 I think machine basting is a good practice in many situations and it only takes a few moments 🙂
It really does only take a couple more minutes, and certainly saves a lot later! As well as saving sanity when you realise you’ve not got it on straight… 🙂
The fit is PERFECT and they look great on you.
Thank you! 🙂
I, too, absolutely love teeshirts. Yours are very attractive and fit you perfectly! Great job!
The tees are great and you look chic in them! Can’t help noticing that your bookshelf looks similar to mine 🙂 .
Haha, I should do a bookshelf post at some point! And thanks.. 🙂
Cracking job they’re lovely. I went to the NEC in March too and visited the Montreaux warehouse when that sale was on, their fabrics are nice quality, the micro modal is perfect to sew and punches well above its weight. Yours looks like high end rtw. and is making me think again about making tees, something I’ve been on the fence about because a lot of jerseys look and wear like cheap tat. It was well worth going to the NEC to see good fabric at reasonable prices.
I’m off to check MD on YouTube.
Montreus Fabrics have such good stuff, it’s really hard to stick to a budget, which is why the sale was so welcomed…!
I’ve fallen in love with the blue on blue stripe! It’s such a fresh and modern take on the classic sailor look. Also, what a great idea to have a bust dart in a knit – the fit is really great!
No bust dart, I’m afraid, but now I’m looking at them and thinking that’s exactly what I need…. I recon that’s the best way to get rid of that nagging little bit of fabric that always sits there on my tee shirts. Aren’t the fabrics cool?!?