Completed: Lady Skater t-shirt

Lady Skater t-shirt frontI could do with some new t-shirts to replace some old and worn ones and since I am very happy with the fit of the Lady Skater dress I decided to turn the bodice into a t-shirt pattern.

The shoulder seam tends to shift backwards when I wear my Lady Skater dress so I moved it forward on my t-shirt pattern and I think that this is an improvement as it now stays in place. This is an adjustment that I need to do more often so I am a bit surprised I missed it earlier.

The bodice of the dress finishes around the waist so I needed to extend it to t-shirt length. To do this I used the t-shirt pattern from the Craftsy Sewing with knits class. At first I simply overlapped the two patterns matching at center front or center back and the armpit (more or less, obviously they didn’t match completely at the latter). I then simply merged the side seams of the two patterns, making sure that they would be the same length on the front and back pattern pieces. In the end I ended up taking the t-shirt in quite a bit because I wanted it to be more fitted than the sewing with knits pattern was.

WLady Skater t-shirt sidehen trying it on I found the hem too long but I think I was a bit too enthusiastic when I chopped the excess length off. My next t-shirt will be longer.

Overall I am happy with the fit and the matching of the stripes turned out pretty good as well. The seams were sewn with my overlocker but because I was working with a stripe I first machine basted the seams that needed pattern matching to ensure a good match. This did make the process longer since I essentially had to do those seams twice but unpicking overlock stitches to fix shifted stripes would have taken even longer.

Lady Skater backI was very lucky to find this fabric at a fabric market last week. I was looking for stripes but most of them were the wrong colour or very narrow. I had almost given up hope on finding a suitable one when I spotted this fabric hidden at the bottom of a huge pile. I quickly realised it is exactly the same type of fabric as a grey/purple stripe I bought a couple of years ago that is very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, the vendor only had 1.2 m left on the bolt and only this colour combination. Otherwise I would certainly have bought more! I don’t wear a lot of bold prints but I do love a good stripe.

I see many more t-shirts in my near future. In fact, I’ve already started cutting out another one. I also want to play a bit with different necklines to add variety.

Lady Skater t-shirt

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9 comments on “Completed: Lady Skater t-shirt

  1. Very cute!! I like how fitted the bust section is – very clever pattern adaptation. I’ve been using the Renfrew pattern for most of my tops, but I will have to try this one next time. And great work with the stripes!

    • Emmely says:

      Thank you! In the dress it’s also very fitted around the bust and it’s one of the things I really like about the Lady Skater pattern. I do have the Renfrew pattern as well, I’ve made it once but I’m not yet happy about the fit, I think I need to change several things to get it the way I want it to look so adapting the Lady Skater pattern was faster. I am thinking about transferring the Renfrew scoop neckline to this pattern to make a cowl version.

  2. onedabbles says:

    Lovely top – great fit and perfect neckline. Love the stripes too.

    • Emmely says:

      Thank you! I’ll have to stay on the lookout for more stripes, I really like the change they provide from my usually solid coloured wardrobe.

  3. I made it!! says:

    Very nicely done!

  4. Great top! :-) Looks like a great fit and something you could get a lot of wear from.

  5. Lovely top! The stripes look great on you. P.S. I nominated you for a Liebster: http://wp.me/p3vuYX-bn

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