I am working on the perfect t-shirt. One that fits like a glove. Ultimately I want to use a cotton blend fabric with modal that is somewhat sustain-ably made if possible. My goal is to make all my t-shirts from here on out and build on this must have Wardrobe Basic.
For the first shirt I used a forest green cotton rayon/spandex leftover from my stash. I am Frankenstein-ing the pattern – combiningNancy Zieman’s Santa Fe Top with Vogue 8536. I like the way Nancy’s pattern fit me in the shoulders and arms and I like the styling of Vogue. Here is my initial attempt.
I tried this combo pattern again in a ponte knit and it was too tight AND too baggy. I had reduced the size to a 6 not realizing that a ponte knit should be treated more like a woven than a knit. I didn’t even proceed with the arms. Back to the drawing board. I think a ponte knit would work though – maybe if I used a size 10?
Here is a new pattern – Burda 3197. I used a sweater knit and cut a size 6. The envelope said close fitting t shirt. What?
So back to the drawing board again. This is Vogue 8582 which I pulled from my archives (or filing cabinet) and modified to adjust for the small amount of fabric I had left in my stash. And this fit I really like. You can see by the photos the fit is better and I think on the next version I would shorten the shoulder a bit.
So here is my final attempt. Made from a tissue knit I bought at Colorado Fabrics,not sure what the content is but it is soft and dreamy. This pattern is from an OOP Vogue 2011. And, I’m really happy with the fit and cut a size 8. I did remove the ease from the sleeve cap and I do need more practice on the neck binding but other than that I love it and this will become my Tried N True. But, wow this took a long time and several attempts to get it ‘right’. Isn’t it amazing how far we’ll go to get just the right fit?
- Cotton T-shirt Project (thecottonshirtproject.wordpress.com)