Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee: FREE DIY T Shirt Sewing Pattern
This is (another striped!) T shirt I whipped up yesterday using this FREE pattern from those lovely ladies down under at Tessuti. It’s made using some cotton (?) jersey from my stash, which doesn’t have much stretch, but this one-size-fits-all pattern seems to work.
There’s not much to say about this pattern, other than, TRY IT!! There are three pieces to the T shirt and I love the boat neck detail. There is minimal construction; the neck edges, sleeve and lower hems are turned and stitched using a twin stretch needle, and the rest was constructed on my overlocker. The pattern comes with full instructions, with photographs of each step. What more could you want?!
I added 3 inches to the length. I was dubious of the one-size-fits-all theory, but if you have any doubts, check your measurements against the flat pattern measurements first.
One last thing, the instructions advise you to use a 2.75 twin stretch needle; I only had a 2.5. I found placing the folded over edge against my 4/8ths inch marking on my machine and using the 2.5 needle gave just about perfect results.
Last year I had success in the Tessuti Gridlock contest, and they have just announced details of their Jaywalk contest for this year. It’s completely different fabric, but I think I will have a go. Anyone else contemplating throwing their hat in?
Have a great Easter everyone!
p.s. Thanks to my sister for the photography today!