T-shirts are really easy to sew. However, just like any top, a t-shirt must be fitted if it is going to flatter a very buxom woman like me.
I started with Kwik Sew 2565, now out of print, and a tie-dye burnout panne from Joann’s. That fabric was all the rage in the early 00’s.
Night 1: I traced, altered for full bust (added 3 inches per side!!! in front), and cut it out of the blue panne .
Night 2: I sewed darts and serged one side of bodice. Coverstitched bottom of bodice and sleeves. What was I thinking? I had to undo some of my serging to put the sleeve in flat. I think that is the way to insert a sleeve in a knit.
Night 3: I put in 1 sleeve and serged one side.
Night 4: I put in second sleeve and serged second side of body. Misread the instructions, and I couldn’t get the neckband in. I decided to try it on. The fit in the shoulders is perfect. The sleeves are a little tight on me. I reread the instructions for the neckline.
Night 5: The sleeves are too small. It’s snug, and it’s a bit short. I had to serge the neckband bottom before applying to the body of the shirt. The panne rolled too much when stretched, and I couldn’t control it.
Review of Pattern
Pattern Description: This is a pattern for a crew neck tshirt or a zippered top with a stand up collar. The pattern is recommended knits with 35% stretch. I made view B.
Pattern Sizing: I made a size large based on my high bust measurement of 41.5 inches. The front pattern sheet said that the size large was 39 inches around at the full bust! Now, that I look at the pattern webpage, I wonder if I misread that. Anyway, it’s close fitting through the bust on me, including my full bust alteration. The short sleeves are tight. The shoulders and neck fit me perfectly. It’s snug at the high hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. It looks like a tshirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t really follow them. I used my serger to construct the top, and I prefer to do flat construction and hemming. So I had hem my sleeves before attaching them, and construct one side of the top, only, before hemming the bottom.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: It’s quick.
LIKE: I takes 1 yard of fabric.
LIKE: The fit in the neck and shoulders.
DISLIKE: I could use more ease, but that is my own fault for not paying attention to the “close fitting” description.
DISLIKE: Sleeves too small. I haven’t had this problem before, and I could have fit the sleeves before sewing.
DISLIKE: It’s short on me. Again, I should have paid attention.
Fabric Used: Polyester tie-dye panne from Joann’s.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did a full bust alteration and added 3 inches on each side.
Next time, I will make the sleeves bigger, add an inch or 2 to the length, and let the hip out a bit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I plan on making it again. It’s a great way to use up a yard of fabric. It’s very quick to serge up.
Conclusion I like this pattern for a basic, fitted tshirt.
UPDATE: After wearing the tshirt for a full day, I have decided that the sleeves are WAY too small. So if you have full upper arms, you might want to check the sleeves before cutting. I haven’t had this problem with other Kwik Sew patterns (so far?).