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The ultimate cool-girl T-shirt, this gorgeous top is designed for a light to mediumweight drapey knit... think silk, rayon, bamboo,cotton, tencel or modal jersey.
Semi-relaxed, pull-on T-shirt has a slouchy silhouette and a high/low shirt-tail hem. T-shirt features a faced ‘V’ neckline and a grown-on neckband gathered through the center back, plus a center front seam.
Back & fronts are gathered onto the yoke.
This fabulous T-shirt looks chic in solid color knits, but also works beautifully in your favorite print and, of course, striped knits.
You just know this will be your go-totop forever... wear it loose over your favorite slim-cut jeans, try it tucked into a pencil skirt, or belt it over a full-leg pant.
This versatile T also makes for a perfect layering piece over slim-fit camisoles, or under cozy cardigans and tailored jackets.
For all sizes you’ll need around 2 yards/182cm of fabric, plus 1/4 yard/23cm of tricot or knitfusible interfacing.
I love the design of this top. It was my first download pattern experience, and it was less stressful than anticipated. The instructions worked very well. I did, however, line the yoke with a silk-type fabric, as I thought the yoke needed some support for the fine jersey knit fabric I was using. I incorporated the "shirt-yoke" method, which has the added benefit of enclosing all the seams around the yoke for a nice finish. It was a bit finicky to adapt, but it did work.
Loving this pattern
Posted by Gisele on 4th Feb 2017
Bought this pattern for myself. Have not even cut it out yet, but am sure it will be simple and delightful to work with.
Love La Strada!
Posted by dawn christian on 18th Jul 2016
This pattern was very easy to work with, and came together quickly. It looks as it does on the pattern cover. I used a stretch jersey, and had no problems. I am quite tall and it fit well, just lengthening a bit. I enjoy wearing it and I will be making more in other fabrics.
Kicks T-shirts up a notch!
Posted by Becky Pearson on 24th Dec 2015
This is a wonderful top! It was my first Hot Pattern and made me an addict! It fit very nicely and is well drafted. I did sew the armscye a bit low, but it is easily fixed. I didn't need a full bust adjustment which was awesome. I plan to make a couple this winter to wear under jackets then take in to spring. Like many Hot Patterns, Trudy has a great tutorial to take you through the process and offer advice.
La Strada T-shirt
Posted by Anita Paasche Segtnan on 1st Jul 2015
I just love, love, love this one. I had to wait a long time for it to be delivered to Norway, but I do not mind because it is soo beautiful. I have to make more of this one...
I love this pattern.
Posted by Nancy on 4th Jun 2015
Thank you for the video. I loved to watch it coming together. The patten fits well and is easy to make. One of my favorites.
cute and well-drafted!
Posted by victoria on 26th Mar 2015
love this pattern, and am so glad for the tutorial on it. the neckline is really not as difficult as it may appear.perfect for a flowy summer top, without revealing things that ought not to be seen lol! very comfy and stylish at the same time.
Posted by Katherine on 23rd Dec 2014
Very happy with this pattern. Thank you so much.
La Strada the best yet
Posted by JUDY on 9th Nov 2014
This is the easiest pattern to follow, it also fits well and looks good either casual or dressy. I love it.
Its a step up
Posted by Izayana on 4th Sep 2014
This is a t-shirt pattern with blouse appeal. I love it. I love because it is different from other tops I have. I am still learning and found all the directions very good. This pattern was a treat me. I made my first La Strada in a stretch shiny jersey with interesting mesh detail. It looks high end. However I know I got a good look for great value. This is a pattern that will appeal to women of all ages. My mom wants me to make her one. I was flattered. She use to make my clothes!
Posted by Margaret Folsom on 19th Jul 2014
I had to stop sewing and write this review, because this shirt is turning out better than i had expected. It is all done but the hems, and is beautiful, a term I do not usually associate with a teeshirt. I made it from a rayon knit in jade green, which looks really good. I agree with the previous reviewers that some "stop sewing" lines for the sleeve openings would have been nice and I was not sure while sewing them that I was doing the right things with the neck facing and the yoke. I did more basting than I usually do, and the pieces went together fine. The gathers in the drapey fabric give it a really posh look.
Easy and fabulous!
Posted by Tricia on 16th Jul 2014
Good things first: I love this style! The collar/neckline turns it from schlubby to sophisticated. The silk jersey one I'm making next should go to the office or the opera; the cotton wearable muslin I've made goes to the office, but is also my favourite horseback-riding shirt, since the long tail covers my pants riding down in the back when I lean forward.
However, I have a few reasons for not giving it 5 stars.
- there's the lack of marking to end the armhole seam, which others have pointed out. I found about 2" above the notches worked well for me.
- the instruction to press seams toward the body of the shirt, rather than toward the yoke, creates a lot of bulk in the gathered sections and just seems wrong to me
- I prefer my yokes in double layers with the seam allowances all hidden inside (it wasn't hard for me to tweak the construction method to change this)
Posted by Dale on 2nd Jul 2014
This pattern will be a TNT pattern for me. I love the slouchy comfortable fit and the elegant look. I did have to shorten it a few inches, but I'm only 5' 2" so that's something I do for nearly every pattern I use. The only complaint (albeit very minor) I have is the lack of markings for the armhole. I thought maybe it was at the notch, but that turned out too low and I sewed up another 2". Otherwise, beautiful job on this pattern Trudy!
Posted by Dale on 11th Jun 2014
This is going to be a TNT in my pattern stash. I love the finished shirt, but it did not come together without a few adjustments. After reading reviews regarding this top, I shortened it by several inches (I'm short). And I thought the notch was where the armhole was to be. It ended up way to low, so I raised it about 2". I cut a size 10 (according to my bust measurement) and found it a little too big. I think I will use an 8 next time around. I'll make several of these tops. They're comfortable, loose, and wonderful for everyday elegance.
Mixed bag but lovely in the end
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Apr 2014
I like this top. It's definitely Fabulous, but not so Fast the first go round or two. I loved that there were so few pieces to cut, but the top still had style. The back of this top is so pretty with the gathers. I think the back is really the scene stealer. The front yokes are also a great and distinctive detail. The facing and yoke attachment are a bit fiddly, but not too bad if you take your time. If your sewing machine has a variable speed adjuster this is your chance to try the slow setting. Fabric matters a lot with this one. I made one with a jersey that was a little too stiff at first. It was still pretty but lacked "slouch."
I will make it again for sure. It's a very versatile piece.
Posted by Judy on 30th Mar 2014
I do love how simple this design is. It sews up quickly. I agree with others about the missing armhole marks/notches. Also I think the top would be finished nicely with a facing for the yoke. I recommend using the lightest weight knit as the gathers create quite a bit of bulk along the yoke seam line. Keeping them pressed towards the body is a challenge. I would prefer a wider "V" neck. I'm thinking sizing up might help, although the 8 is a perfect match to my measurements. I think I'll have to try this one again.
Great relaxed shirt
Posted by Kerry Cacucciolo on 14th Mar 2014
I loved this pattern and have made 2. I also had some issues with the neck and making the muslin didn't really seem to be helpful. The rayon and knit I used acted very differently. I will continue to make this and, hopefully, will get better with each one.
Great Easy to Make Top!
Posted by Karen on 19th Jan 2014
This pattern was hard to resist. I thought the top looked so cool, so I gave it a try. I love it! I loved sewing it and it turned out perfectly!
Need more instruction
Posted by Yvonne Felix on 11th Dec 2013
It's a very attractive shirt, but I had trouble putting the back yoke around the neck. I also have to do some size adjustments on the next shirt. Because of the difference in fabric from the muslin test pattern to the silky fabric I used for the real shirt, I had trouble with the sizing and will work on that next. I sent in an email and received a response that someone would get back to me regarding working on the sizing, but that has not happened yet. I guess the bottom line is, the video needs to show more regarding sewing the pieces together and going around the curves with all three layers of fabric. I also had to "guesstimate", without a problem, as to where the sleeve opening should be. I'm just waiting for Trudy to contact me regarding the sizing adjustments.
Posted by Marilyn Ames on 13th Nov 2013
This shirt looks great once finished, but getting to that point required some trial and error. The tutorial was helpful in getting the vee neck completed correctly, but the actual instructions could be clearer. There is no indication on the pattern or the instructions where to stop sewing on the side seam to create the armhole. It would also be helpful to have a line for shortening the top, as it is a little long if you have a short upper body.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Nov 2013
The title says everything: I love this t-shirt pattern and the shirt that emerges from it. It fits comfortably, goes from jeans to office, and just looks great.
Cute, but way too long
Posted by Kay on 5th Oct 2013
This top went together fairly easily and was cute when done. I'm not sure I have it exactly right because there is no clear indication where the underarm seam should start. Maybe I didn't trace it correctly; it is hard to figure out which line to trace for which size. The video accompanying the pattern info was useful in getting the assembly right.
My only real complaint was the length. I'm 5'4" so I knew I would have to shorten the shirt, but I didn't expect to have to shorten it 5"!