Monday, 6 July 2015

Just Another Tee

Seasonally completely inappropriate, but possibly ahead of the next biggest thing in PDF pattern land for the first time ever.*
I made a T-shirt.

Not just any old T-shirt but Just Another Tee by Monika of Schneidernmeistern



Apologies for the dreadful, grainy photos. It's a miserable, ice cold, rainy day and it's school holidays. So while I'm sure there's a way that a good camera can be manipulated to get decent shots in light like this, there's no manipulating my patience in order to make it happen.

Out of patience too? Well this is the T-shirt you want to be sewing. Seriously fast folks.

It's only two pattern pieces and a neckband. There are no instructions, but I think we can all figure out a front a back and a neckband, right? Well, possibly not, but I'll talk more about that in a bit.

The hem has a nice hi-low curve and is plenty long enough. FYI I'm about 170cm (5'7")


That's relevant 'cause it's one size only, which is a M, roughly correlating to a German size 40-42. When I last bought any clothes in Germany, circa 2001, that's exactly the size that I was. But it's apparent that my hips have seen many desserts since then, and while the top part fits nicely the hem are narrow on me. However, I've decided I kind of like it that way, with a bit of a band effect.

The pattern doesn't include seam allowances (those wacky Europeans) and for some reason I thought that they shouldn't be added to the neckline. That left my neckband being a bit too short and it was quite a stretch to attach it. I chose to attach it as a binding rather than a folded neckband. Cutting without a seam allowance and binding the neckline means that this is as low as the neckline can go (without altering the pattern) and for me I think it's perfect. On people who haven't indulged in as many puddings or are just littler, it could be a bit risqué.
 
 
Ok, so you don't need another T-shirt pattern in your pattern stash, do you? I didn't think I did, but this one is a bit different in just enough ways and it's FREE! There's some great inspiration for this pattern on Instagram where so many gorgeous versions have been sewn and shown.
 
Best mid winter mood lifter ever: Put on some coconut smelling sunscreen and sew up a quick T-shirt. Seriously, it works.

* qualifier: Outside of Germany. This pattern is already all over the German speaking blogosphere but I'm going to claim to be ahead of the wave anyway.

8 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha you're funny! And I love the tee on you. I would go look it up because I would love a quick sew, but there is no way I could get away with that low a neckline. I'll just admire yours ;)

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    1. Thanks Emi. There is an alternate cutting line for the neckline if using a woven and a facing. I'm sure that would give a more modest neckline if you added a neckband to that line. But yes, if you're tiny (relative to me that's easy!) then it could still below!

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  2. Cute!!! This tee has a really cool, different shape. And wait a minute ... you said it's FREE? Interesting ... very interesting ...

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    1. Oh yeah Inder, free pattern alert! I forgot to mention the most awesome thing, is that because of the sleeve being part of the pattern piece it uses only a fraction of the fabric of any other T-shirt. Perfect for those 1 metre cuts that could only otherwise be used for kid's clothes!

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  3. This is so much fun to read and the shirt looks so really cool on you - f*** the australian winterseason and sew even more!
    Thank you so much for showing!
    ;-* Monika
    and once more: congrats for being the international justanothertee pioneer!

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    1. Thanks Monika, it definitely adds to my arsenal of T-shirt patterns. I have got another one cut out already. Once I discovered how little fabric was needed the whole stash suddenly became available to me and I couldn't help myself!

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  4. Love a striped t-shirt and even though it is unseasonal well done. I've got 2 summer tops half made and need them in a few weeks, so not complete madness.

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    1. I love stripes too and the sleeve being part of the pattern piece meant one less place to have to match stripes! Oooh, are you off on holiday somewhere?

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