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Pamela's Patterns: 104 (the perfect t shirt) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:Elle D
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Posted on:12/15/13 4:14 PM
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Pattern Description: From website: "This is a T-Shirt pattern unlike any you have ever tried before! It is made for a "real" woman, and addresses the most common fitting issues we face - high round back, forward shoulder, full hip and bust, and a good fit through the shoulder and neck. Design details include an "essence of waist", flattering shirt tail hemline, three necklines, and four sleeve lengths."

Pattern Sizing:"This pattern is sized for a high bust measurement of 31" - 45". The full bust measurement can be considerably larger due to the optional darted Front pattern piece."

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, although I added a cowl neckline using #107 New Necklines and Sleeves for The Perfect T-Shirt, the funnel piece.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that I did not have to change the placement of the shoulder seams, and the fit did work for me through shoulder and neck. I did have to redraw the side seams based on a favorite silk sweater, there was still too much fabric there. I very much like the bust dart, although I'd like to move it to the armscye.

Fabric Used: A ribbed polyester knit, very cheap for my first knit attempt and surprisingly rugged. It has held up well to multiple wearings since I made this almost two years ago.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As noted above, I had to take in the sides at the waistline quite a bit, but my waist is much smaller than my bust and hips. YMMV.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I certainly am going to sew this again, both for me and my daughter. The neckline and sleeve variations (per #107) make this a very versatile pattern. I can see it in a wide variety of fabrics, including lovely silk and cashmere knits. Working my skills and courage up to those pieces languishing in my stash.

Conclusion: Very nice pattern, super clear and easy instructions. The one thing I needed to research on my own was how to apply clear elastic to the shoulder seams without losing my mind. Thanks to the Threads DVD archive, I found a very helpful tip! More on that (and more pictures) on my blog entry.
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PattyE said...
I like the neckline change you made. This is my fave t-shirt pattern too...I've made it a dozen times at least.
12/15/13 4:42 PM
The Dreamstress said...
Wow...I've never heard of these patterns (granted, I'm barely a B-cup and the phrase 'Real Women' makes me froth at the mouth because being naturally petite or curve-less or slim but-hour-glass-y etc. etc. does not make you any less real!) but I'm adding them to my reference list for friends with the right figure. I really loved your blog post - so detailed and entertaining!
12/15/13 5:49 PM
wendyrb said...
Very nice rib knit sweater and you've already learned so much. I'm sure there will be a slew of wonderful variations. If you don't have the PR book- 1000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips, you'd probably like it. There's clear elastic tips in there too! Thanks for the reminder to search the Threads Archive.
12/15/13 11:16 PM
Scrnme007 said...
This is a great pattern which I have made too, in the darted front. However, it comes with two front options... dartless for the smaller or average bust and darted for the fuller bust. By "real woman" the designer doesn't only mean the fuller figured woman. It means that the upper back has a slight curve and the neckline & shoulders are better proportioned than in many other brand patterns. The hemline is not too short, but not tunic length either. The tee is flattering on an adult. A teen could also wear it, it's conservative & not too low cut/skimpy.
12/16/13 2:37 AM
Elle D said...
Scrnme007, you are so right! Pamela addressed the typical forward shoulder and back curve that I constantly have to deal with, it was so nice not to have to do that this time. And Dreamstress, the same sweater fits beautifully on my 20 year old, B cup daughter. Gotta love the knits!
12/16/13 5:10 AM
Elle D said...
Patty, I really like this neckline, I was able to wear this to my very conservative workplace with a black pencil skirt and a nice belt. This pattern taught me that different fabrics can make all the difference in the "look" of the final garment.
12/16/13 5:12 AM
Elle D said...
Wendy, thank you for the PR book suggestion. I'm thinking of using the clear elastic around the armscye in a future version, to prevent droop. It's a bit lower now than it was when I first sewed it up. If it works to secure shoulder seams, why not the armscye?
12/16/13 5:12 AM
canei said...
Thanks for the review. I just started to use this pattern. I was very happy with the results. I like your fabric. Your top looks great! Thanks for sharing.
12/16/13 7:38 AM
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