|J Stern Designs: 0041 (The Tee) - Type:Tops|
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J Stern Designs Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Fitted tee with unique seam detail above the bust. Short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve or sleeveless option and shirt tail hem.|
Pattern Sizing: Misses xs, s, m, lg, XL, XXL, XXXL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Close--I made modifications
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I took Jen Stern's tee shirt class so I also had the video instructions to refer to.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it is a tee that can be fitted--the misses pattern is sized for a C cup and she demonstrates how to do an FBA for a D cup. I like the shirt tail hem.
I love the fact that this class remains open for me and I have access to Jen's expert instruction at my convenience.
I do not care for so many seams on the upper front of the tee.
Fabric Used:White Cotton knit from my stash or my mother's (she has been gone for two years) as I don't recall purchasing it. For my second tee I used gray cotton knit purchased last summer at JoAnn Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had muslined this once before for one of my daughters in the XXL though I didn't have my new serger when I put that together. The two pieced upper front just seemed busy to me. This is the first one I have done for me so I sized it according to my high bust and just made the pattern. I did not do some of the pattern adjustments that Jen shows on the class videos as I wasn't sure I would need them--in other words this was a muslin. I did combine the two upper front pieces into one after doing the FBA. I think that worked OK but it is hard to tell as the rest of the fit is off.
Anyone making the Misses pattern should know that this is a VERY fitted tee and Jen warns about that but you don't know what adjustments you want until you try it. Next time I make this I am going to try the XXL with no FBA. I will combine the two upper front pieces again and I will try putting the upper and lower back together into one piece. I just don't care for that seam across my back. That front seam needs something more to suit me so I may serge the two edges and sew a conventional seam joining upper and lower front and then press it open and topstitch both sides of the seam or something like. Perhaps I need to do a better press job but I could not get that seam to lay as flat as I would like, certainly not as it is shown on the pattern envelope.
I put the sleeves in with flat construction rather than setting in and it worked for me. I removed 2" from the bottom of the tee and it is still plenty long for me.
This was my first go at this type of neckline treatment and it went well; another time I will use slightly narrower bias (1-3/4" instead of 2") as it ended up a bit wide for my taste. I added a row of top-stitching that helps keep the seam oriented downward and, I think, gives a more finished look. I'm not smart enough to insert a link but if you right click on the project photo you can see the neckline.
I finished the sleeves and hem by serging and then turning under and stitching a 1/4" hem.
Gray Tee: For this version I added 1/4" to the side seams, put the upper and lower back together to make a single back piece, added 1/4" to shoulder seams graded into the armhole, removed 1/2" of the FBA I had added previously and decreased the neckline band from 2" to 1-3/4". I also edge-stitched the seam where the lower and upper front yoke attach. I also used the 3/4 sleeves but needed about 1/8 yd more to give them their full length but I am satisfied with them. I forgot to remove the 2" at the hem and may still do this; my abdomen is one place where I least need to have anything fitting snugly. For a future tee I will take that 2" off the bottom and perhaps play with the back a bit--I really need that sway adjustment; a better adjustment might be to fix the posture but at my advanced stage in life that is likely to get worse rather than better. Overall these changes produced a tee that I am very happy with; as long as I am happy with the current imperfections I have found my TNT.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew it again and keep working until I have a TNT pattern. I think younger women who are more slender yet full-busted should love this pattern. I think this top will work well for one of my daughters.
Actually, after sleeping and taking a second look I wore the top today and people liked it. I have edited this review to include pictures of it being worn so you can decide for yourself whether it is too snug. I plan to try it again adding just a bit to the side seams and sleeves (1/4"). If that doesn't work there is always plan C.
Conclusion: Good wardrobe builder once the kinks are worked out of the pattern. It isn't a bad pattern--it is designed for those of us with "kinks" to be able to work through them and have a TNT pattern. If I wanted a loose tee I would work with the women's sized pattern but I don't. If that is your goal, that would be a good option.
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