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Burda says "This T-shirt is tight-fitting and inspired by the wetsuit. The black backdrop provides a great contract to the neon stripes."
I say: even though this is styled for scuba in the magazine photos, this would make a perfect running or cycling top! It's got curved princess seams in the front and back, side panel (no side seams), and short cap sleeves. You can optionally add trim to create further style lines.
34-44. I made my usual 42 and be aware that this pattern doesn't have much ease. This is fine if you're making the scuba/running/cycling view and expect it to be tight-fitting, but the pattern pieces are also shared for the teeshirt view (#113) and the dress with curved waist band (#115), where the lack of ease might come as a surprise!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
When you take into account the changes I made, plus the fact that I'm a runner, not a surfer, then yes, it's close enough!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There are so few pattern pieces, plus considering the changes I made, I didn't really look at them, to be honest. All I really took note of was that the neon trim was to be applied by just topstitching it down on top of the existing fabric (but I wasn't planning on using it this time anyway).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
One thing I really like about this pattern is that there are no side seams - it uses side panels instead! (Side panel photos)
I think if I used this pattern again in future, I'd scoop out the underarm and lower the neckline a bit, as both are a bit higher than I'm used to in my running gear, but neither bothered me when I was out on my test run! The only other thing I didn't like was the lack of ease, though if I'd used stretchier spandex instead here, that wouldn't have even been an issue.
I'm a runner and I tend to accumulate a lot of race tees, which are often oversized and boxy - but this one is from a lovely little running shop I visited when I was in Baltimore, and I promised the owner I'd refashion it and send him photos of me wearing it by Tower Bridge! So the orange portions are from the Boston Street Running technical tee, and the black (and black mesh) portions are from a different race tee I was refashioning at the same time. ("Before" photo here)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
First of all, I omitted the sleeves, as I prefer to run in vests/singlets. Second, I omitted the trim, as my shirt had enough design. Then I introduced quite a few extra seams in order to best use my available fabric and preserve the two main designs. I'm particularly proud about how I used the mesh fabric for a central portion of the side panel, and how I used angled seams in the front shoulder to bring the print down a bit and make the whole thing look more intentional than if I'd just seamed it straight. (Shoulder and binding detail photo)
I also used bits of the tee as the binding for the neck and arm edges, which is a fiddly task but well worth the effort!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will definitely sew this again - it's a great little exercise top and provides some variety alongside my self-drafted running top. I often end up with small pieces of expensive wicking supplex leftover after sewing leggings, so I can reuse them here as any of the three main panels!
I hope there's a runner smiling in Baltimore tonight, because there's certainly a happy one here in London!
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