One of my favorite tees is a hip-length black and white striped tissue tee with 3/4 sleeves and a boatneck from Loft. It’s a great fit — roomy enough to be super comfy, yet slim enough to look polished. For this project, I drafted a pattern from it and sewed it up in a nice, soft, navy knit.
- lengthened 3/4 sleeve by 5 in., bringing it to a full wrist length
- 7 in. width at wrist end of sleeve pattern
- neckline is constructed to include the shoulder seams right in the boatneck shaping
- for binding cut (2) pieces of same fabric 1 5/8 in. x 20 in.
- fused 1/2 in. wide tricot interfacing along neckline
- stay stitched at 3/8 in.
- aligned binding along the stay stitch line and stitched 1/2 in. from it
- trimmed off 3/8 in. (most of tricot interfacing got trimmed off)
- turned binding to inside and topstitched with stretch twin needle
- slightly overlapped shoulder areas and top stitched together
- used 5/8 in. seam allowance to join arms, but 1/2 in. at side seam
- added side vents
I got lucky with this fabric — it’s very comfortable with a nicely balanced amount of stretch. We’ll see how it wears. I got it at the mill ends and remnants store where fabric content is unknown.
The first thing I noticed after trying it on was that the back shoulder need reshaping with a gentler slope to account for my forward sloping shoulders. But I do like how the boatneck works on this pattern, with a smoother overlap compared to my pattern drafted from my J. Crew tee.
The shaping along the sides and the overall length are good, although the bottom hem wants to flip up. This might be because of the side vents.
Next time, I’d lengthen the sleeves by 1/2 to 1 in., and adjust that shoulder curve. The adjustments are minor — overall it’s a winner.