Every guy needs a bunch of these classic wardrobe essentials, designed
for medium weight knit fabrics like jersey or interlock T-shirting, baby or micro
rib, or waffle knits, as well as lightweight sweat-shirting or fluid sweater knits.
Relaxed-fit T-shirt has a straight silhouette with a slightly dropped shoulder
and a contrast or self-trimmed neckline: choose between a classic
rounded crew or shallow ‘V’ neckline.
Mix this up with a full length or short sleeve and optional breast pocket for the
perfect T. Body & cuffs feature deep stitched hems; T-shirt finishes at the hip.
Wear this everyday basic year-round with your favorite vintage jeans, relaxed
chinos or your weekend cargos, or try it as a fail-safe layering piece under a
hoodie, a leather jacket or flannel shirt.
I sewed both the Medium and Large sizes using the Crew Neck design. They both came together quickly and easily and looked very nice. The medium was a bit too small and the large was too big for me. It was a bit too boxy for my build.
I ended up tracing off the large pattern and making some adjustments and it come out very nicely. My biggest issue is with the neck sizes - they are way too big for my personal taste. (NOTE! This does NOT make this a bad pattern) I had a good 2 inches on the sides beyond what I like and my neck measures 15 inches in circumference. I ended up tracing off the pattern and making the modifications I needed to get the neck to the shape and size I like.
Yes, I did stabilize the neck and shoulder seams. I used twill to stabilize the shoulder seams. I cut the width down so it would be hidden when I pressed my seams to the back. It worked out nicely.
One thing I did differently with the 2nd one is I used a very narrow serged hem. After I took apart one of my Tee Shirts I noticed this was used on all of the seams. I also cut up a 1.25 inch wide strip of fabric using the width from shoulder to shoulder + a few inches. I use my bias tape folder to create the stabilizing strip that runs from the end of one sleeve all the way across the back neckline to the other sleeve end. This is the way all of my retail shirts are sewn. I like the results. It stabilizes everything nicely and adds a finished look to the shirt. It is important to use a narrow serged stitch on the shoulder seams in order to keep the strip of fabric fairly narrow.
I now have a master pattern I can use over and over again. :)
Thank you, Trudy, for drafting a v-neck t-shirt pattern that my husband will actually wear!
The line drawing/illustration captures this t-shirt well; it is a relaxed fitting t-shirt with a dropped shoulder and a shallow v-neck. My husband regards v-necks with suspicion generally, but I've been trying to get him to update his look by wearing them occasionally. This v-neck is shallow enough that when he saw the finished shirt, my husband's reaction was "Oh! That one is okay!" Being a t-shirt, it's super quick to whip up, and Trudy's technique for producing a nice "V" at the CF is a winner. I see numerous versions of these tees in our future.