Last week I sewed something for my husband! I still find that to be quite astonishing.
Just to catch you up:
- I made up the Tahoe Tee by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop,
- I made some fairly average fabric choices,
- The overall fit was great, but…
- There were some tweaks required.
So, I made a second t-shirt, using the same fabric and pattern.
The first t-shirt on the left, with the stripes had the following Pros and Cons:
Pros: body length and width good, sleeve width good.
Cons: sleeves slightly too long, neckine too wide and not stretchy enough, stripes look “weird”.
You can read the full details on the first version here.
My husband declared that the stripes down the centre front of my first version of this t-shirt look “weird”, so for this version I added the included pocket. The instructions for attaching the pocket were really good and the pocket has quite a nice finish to it.
I was really pleased with how it turned out – except for the placement. I used the placement guide on the pattern, but it sits too high, if I were to include this piece again I would have to think about where exactly to put it, and it would probably have to be after trying on the finished garment. I only included the pocket because I was worried that the t-shirt would be too plain without something, but my husband says it would be fine, so next time, it will be plain, but seeing as I don’t have enough of this fabric left to make another, I will have to buy something new to make any more.
The neckline was the main issue with the first version of this t-shirt. As I mentioned in my previous post, I used the largest size, mainly because my fabric was not overly stretchy, so for this version, I retraced the neckline portion of the pattern, in the smallest size, and attached it to my existing pattern pieces thus:
It looks like such a small change, but it made a huge difference:
These two t-shirts are hanging on identical hangers – but you can see how much wider the first neckline was! This second version is actually just a smidgen too small – next time I will retrace the next size up instead, but this version, is at least, wearable in public.
Stitching and Stretchiness
I changed some of the stitching options between the two versions, partly to see what worked best on a practical level, but also to determine which was more aesthetically pleasing.
For the first version, I didn’t add any top stitching to the cuff.
For version 2 I stitched a wide zig zag around the cuff, holding the overlocked seam in place. I used a thread that was pretty close to the colour of the main fabric. This did change the way that the cuff sits. I actually think I like the first version better, but since my husband has requested a version without the cuff, I’ll be doing it differently next time anyway.
For Version 1 I used a darker topstitching thread, on version 2 I used thread that closely matched the colour of the main fabric, I definitely like the colour-matched thread best.
I also like the zig zag on the hem better than the stretch-straight stitch. This makes it more stretchy…
… and that definitely goes for the neckline finish too. I used the stretch-straight stich and the darker thread for the neckline on version 1.
The colour-matched thread and zig zag looks neater, and is also more stretchy too.
The Verdict, Round 2
This t-shirt is better, but still not perfect. So, I will be tweaking this pattern a little bit more:
- I’ll be looking to adjust the sleeve to a version without the cuff.
- I’ll be adjusting the neckline just a little bit more.
- I won’t be adding the pocket or any other “weird” embellishment.
I’ll be doing some browsing on Pinterest and the wider interweb for sleeve variations – I’m sure that someone else has probably already done this, and I’ll be more than happy to see what worked for others – I generally don’t like to reinvent the wheel!
I won’t be able to make any more Tahoes out of this same fabric as I don’t have enough of it left, so I’ll also have to think about whether to size down or not, depending on the stretchiness of whatever fabric I end up using.
But, I do think, that in the end, I will have a good, tried and tested pattern, with a perfect fit for my hubby!
Thanks for reading.