*this is the classic paper pattern version;
if you need a print-at-home version in A4
sized paper click here; if you need the
letter sized version click here*
Your closet will thank you for this trio of shirt-tail T’s!
These simple-chic styles are perfect for lighter weight
drape-y knits like rayon, silk modal, or slubby linen jersey.
Loose-fit, pull-on T’s have a slouchy-shapely silhouette,
with a ‘U’ neckline, a shaped center back seam, cut-on
cap sleeves, and a shirt-tail hem.
The neckline is finished with self fabric binding;
sleeves are finished with a turn-back cuff.
Choose between a solid or pieced front (great for stripes!),
or add some ultra-pretty ruffles. These fluid T’s work brilliantly
worn loose or semi-tucked with cropped jeans or pants, or
try them belted over a swooshy ‘A’ line maxi skirt.
For sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 you’ll need around 1 1/4 yards/110cm
of fabric for the solid front version.
For sizes 18-20-22-24-26 you’ll need around 1 3/4 yards/160cm of
fabric for the solid front version.
*For all sizes, add ½ yard or 46 cm of fabric if you are making
EITHER the version in stripes with a pieced front OR the
version with a pieced front and ruffles; add 3/8 yard or 35 cm
of fabric for the version with a pieced front.*
Fabric amounts are for 60”/150cm wide fabric.
This pattern was super easy. Made into a really cute knit shirt. I did have to resize just a bit because the knit was stretchy. But was really really cute.
I made this In a shabori dyed knit using the pieced front. It turned out great. A flattering cut and the dye pattern worked well with the pieced front. Pattern is designed really well.
Measured at an 18, had to drop down to a 14 with FBA to get a beautiful streamlined fit. I shortened the neck tape by 7 cm to get a lovely flat fall around my neck.
Apart from that flattering on most everyone I have seen wear it no matter their size or shape.
I sew it in variations for work tops and casual wear.
Perfect top for summer. Love it.
I bought this pattern as soon as it came out and made it so many times I had to put it away so I could concentrate on something else! This is fun as a solid shirt, pieced with stripes -- any way you want to make it. I love that Trudy has put so many options in one pattern.
As others have noted, you should make a muslin. I went down a couple of sizes and also shortened the top, which I knew I would have to do. But it is quick and easy to make, and is a nice project when you want something new but don't have a lot of time. I am sure I'll be making more of these this summer!
I am now making my 3rd Shirt-Tale T! I went down a 2 sizes from what I thought I would sew (yes, sewing a muslin is ALWAYS a great idea), but the fit is wonderful and I can make this up in about an hour! I love it! I have plans for more as well. I now have a multi-fabric T, a print T and am working on a dressy black T now. FABULOUS pattern!
Rarely do I see all views of a pattern, but I did with this one! This is a terrific t-shirt. It"s loose enough to be comfortable without looking sloppy. The stripe and ruffle version are decievingly simple, but will impress your friends. I loved it so much, I posted on my blog after an eight month hiatus. You can find the blog and pictures here. http://carolynobryan.blogspot.com/
I love this T-shirt! The pattern has lots of ease so it is easy to pin fit all the different types of knits to be the most flattering. I've made this in 3 different knits and they are all flattering. I especially love the binding technique for the neck and have used it for quite a few other tops. I intend to lengthen it in the spring for a nightie and a dress (and make a few more T shirts! :) )
I love this top! It goes together very quickly, and the seaming on the inset panel makes the shirt very easily customizable. I also made it in the pieced front version using a print, and it's just fun! I have also modified it by using the top of the All Wrapped Up tank for my daughter's version because she wanted it sleeveless.
Quick to sew, the diagonal seams on the front elevate this tee to designer status; very comfortable to wear. Use a fabric with drape and you will find the fit very flattering. Love how the directional stripes are included on the pattern pieces should you wish to use striped fabric. I have made 3 tees so far and have another cut out; I cut a size 8 but used size 16 length so this is a perfect tunic top for me to wear with leggings.
This is a super-simple, flattering tee shirt that I will make again and again.
Likes: Super flattering (with a few tweaks), super-fast and easy to make, adaptable to many fabrics and looks. So far I've made it in a drapey, slightly shiny black mini pique, red performance knit with LOTS of recovery, and a crushed rayon woven. The three fabrics reacted very differently, giving 3 distinct looks, all f them flattering. The woven rayon worked fine because the pressed-in wrinkles made it react like a knit. I also liked that the upper torso fit right out of the envelope! No FBA! The center back seam really helps to keep "loose and casual" from becoming "big and sloppy."
Dislikes/quibbles: Once I got past the bust area I had to move the stitch line in up to 1/3" for a total of 2" off the circumference at the waist, tapering to about 3/4" at the hips. Still, not anything out of the ordinary. Every body is different. I was not fond of the neck binding technique. I found it to be a bit bulky. However, it was perfect for the woven, ravelly rayon top.
All in all, this is acute, deceptively simple top. It looks like a lot of other tee shirt patterns out there, but the fit and details (did I mention the sleeve cuffs? they really take it to another level. I tried it without, and it was pretty plain) make it worth your while even if you have other favorite tee shirts. I'll be making up many more of this one.
So impressed with this pattern. The fit is amazing and sizing is perfect. I have such a hard time finding flattering patterns that fit my post-baby apple shape body. This one looks great, and only took about 30 min to finish.