Updated to show you my second version of the Tonic tee. This version I fixed the sloping shoulder issue I should have fixed on version 1, if I wasn't so lazy. I also made the second version long sleeve and longer length as it was intended for our potentially cold and rainy trip to France. The fabric was a nice medium weight and came already fused so it was nice and cozy. I bought the fabric at one of the fabric stores on the PR weekend 2013 fabric crawl. Just like a pub crawl, everything is a blur and I can't recall one fabric place from another.
This is a free t-shirt pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick specifically drafted for petites and petite plus. I was turned onto this new pattern company while reading a recent petite sizing discussion on the PR board. You ladies are always in the know!
The pattern has sizes xxs-xs-m-l for Skinny Bitches and xl, 1x, 2x and 3x for Curvy Chicks. I wouldn't classify myself as skinny or a bitch (that I know of) but I do fit into the Skinny Bitches xxs bust and waist and m/l in the hips. I determined by size by my usual wrapping method which accounts for different amount of stretch in knits.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. It's a fairly simple t-shirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are only 2 pages and have nice illustrations. I'm a very visual learner and mainly used the drawings. The neckline trim construction is genius. It's so much more simple than the fussy neck binding I've seen on other patterns.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My biggest like is that it's drafted for petites. Petite adjustments aren't as simple as cutting off length at the bottom. This really saves me a lot of time modifying the pattern. I also like the neckline construction, in case you couldn't tell. My only dislike would be the PDF pattern and how it doesn't have a border/margin. It took me a while to figure out why the lines weren't matching up from page to page.
This fabric was gifted to me by Cindy of Cation Designs. She had made a Tiramisu using 4 yards from it and still had a ton left. I used a double layer of this fairly thin knit and still had plenty left. The fabric originally came from one of my favorite shops in the LA fashion district Michael Levine Loft. I've been spotted hauling 20+ lb out of that place. It's $2.50 a pound.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Let's talk about my usual alternation that I didn't have to make. First off, I'm the most petite proportioned from the shoulder to the bust. This adjustment always means I take off inches in the length. That also means I usually have to take length out of the sleeve cap. Narrowing and raising the neckline is also a common alternation for me that was already done for me. I should have done my usual shoulder slope alternation but was too lazy. You can see a little bit of the drag lines from the shoulder to the underarm because of this. I'll make this change in my next Tonic t-shirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I need t-shirts, lots of them. My t-shirts are the last of what's left of my RTW wardrobe. I haven't bought RTW for about 3 years now and my RTW t-shirts are wearing out. Nearly everything else in my wardrobe is me made and I'll be very happy to add me made tees.
After spending a decades frustrated with the poor fit of regular RTW, then to the diminishing choices of petite RTW (what happened to Petite Sophisticate??!), I'm so happy that there's a pattern company out there catering to my body type. I'll definitely be trying out their other patterns.