I faced the tshirt monster last week and conquered!! i’ve been wanting to perfect a basic tshirt but kept having fail after fail. i finally got it this time. here are my observations from the process:
1) decide what kind of a tshirt you want, then choose your pattern accordingly. if you want a fitted tshirt, maybe try the #nikkotop by @truebias or the #paolaturtleneck by @namedclothing. if you want a looser fit, try the #unionsttee by @heyjunehandmade (this is what i used- the updated version), or some other loose fitting tee pattern.
2) fabric choice is key. i used to only make them out of thick cotton lycra. this time i took the time to order lots of samples in different weights and fiber content. for a looser tee, you want something light and airy that is able to move. not the thick, stiff knits (in my opinion).
3) for the love of everything, make sure you’re using current measurements of yourself. i had expanded 2 inches in the bust and had no idea (thank you, hormone balancing meds?!)
4) take a bucket load of measurements from your favorite rtw tshirt if you have one. things like shoulder to shoulder, armhole depth, armhole circumference, underarm to underarm, length, hip, etc. then use those measurements to figure out what size you need.
now excuse me while i go sigh over my new perfectly perfect tees 😍
fabrics are all from @stonemountainfabric
- navy is rayon spandex (supposedly anti-pill, i will report back after awhile)
- black is organic cotton spandex
- white is organic cotton spandex (cannot recommend these two enough. they are simply the pinnacle of tshirt fabric).
one last thing - i did a tutorial in my stories for a rtw neckband finish! it is saved in my highlights as well 🖤