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Lynn Rowe-a question for you ..
even though I know it's like asking you to pick your favorite child
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Date: 11/11/12 7:41 PM

If you had to pick just one - what knit T shirt would you pick and why?

And if you aren't Lynn Rowe - feel free to chime in!

I'm picking on Lynn as she's a rightful queen of all things knit!

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Date: 11/11/12 9:46 PM

Easy J. Stern with the modified yoke. It flatters everyone.

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Date: 11/11/12 9:55 PM

Just one, huh. That's just plain mean!

Ok...if just one, I would pick any one of these (I am such a cheater! )

Style Arc Pleated Pia

Kwik Sew 3338

Simplicity 4076 view D

Love all 3, have made several of each and will continue doing so, although none of them are my #1 most fave knit top pattern. That spot is held by Vogue 1141. But it's best exactly as it is, meaning lack of versatility. (Same with my other fave, the Jalie Sweatheart top.)

Why I would pick any one of the 3 posted is the versatility. A scoop neck can be easily adjusted, or a cowl added to it instead of neck binding. Sleeves can easily be lengthened or shortened, and the pleats at center front can be gathered, or gathers can be pleated, and pleats or gathers can easily be added to the KS top. Either way, pleats or gathers takes the top to a dressier level than just a plain t-shirt. The pleats/gathers add the illusion of fullness to those without, and helps disguise for those with a bit more than wanted.

All 3 are quick and easy to sew, are well drafted patterns, and aren't going to go out of style any time soon.


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Date: 11/11/12 10:53 PM

V8536 has my resounding vote. Don't let the illustrations fool you. They're ugly! This is the best fitting knit top pattern I have ever tried.

I cut a 10 for the neck/shoulders and a 12 for the side seams and it fit absolutely perfectly with NO alterations at all. Right down to fitting perfectly at the hips where I usually have to do some work for the fit I like. Oops, I lied. I added length. I think 2". It's not overly fitted/tight. The fit on me just skims so no lumps or bumps.

The long sleeve is actually drafted w/ a bit of roundness to allow room for the elbow! No so much that it's obvious though.

I use this pattern to test against others for fit.

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Date: 11/12/12 7:42 AM

Do you have a standard pattern piece for adding a Cowl to any T or did you experiment with your own?

Some I have tried cut too high on the neck, others too low or bulky, or a wider neck shows straps--but I like the look for a dressier T.

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Date: 11/12/12 8:54 AM

I used to just draft a cowl, but now I use the cowl pattern from the Style Arc Amy top. It has a normal collar back neck depth and a small non-bulky front drape. Perfect for adding the detail of a cowl without bulk and weight!


You can see in the line drawing how the back area is flat and normal collar depth, no "cowl" in the back.


Style Arc Amy top

if you have a cowl pattern at hand, trace it out and try reshaping it, narrowing the depth of the back neckline from the seamline and blending in, so your pattern piece is shaped like a comma instead of a rectangle, if that makes sense.

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Date: 11/12/12 11:08 AM

I second V8536. Very good fitting basic tee. I've bought a second pattern to keep in case I wear out the first. I cut the tissue on the original. I think I will trace this next one.

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Date: 11/12/12 5:10 PM

sorry for posting and running ... I had to go out of town to help care for my ailing father.

I love all the replies.

Lynn - I had never even seen your Vogue favorite. I love that top!

I also like your reasoning for choosing one of the others.

I found your favorite Simplicity top on Etsy and bought it recently. I can't fathom why Simplicity discontinued it!!

Lots more patterns to add to my wish list!

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Date: 11/12/12 5:52 PM

Sharon - I LOVE the lines on this t. I know this is a top I could wear. I don't think I ever saw this one before either.

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Date: 11/12/12 7:03 PM

My first choice for a knit T-shirt is any such pattern from Stretch & Sew. They fit me best because the shoulder width is one of the measurements.

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