One Pattern – Three Looks

I learned that fabric choice affects fit and drape.

I took a basic T-shirt pattern, Vogue #8636 and made it up in three different ways.

The first T-shirt I made was out of a black ponte (rayon, polyester, lycra) and black stretch lace for the sleeves.  The stretch lace is probably nylon, lycra; but it had a nice cottony feel.


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The second T-shirt was made out of a substantial cotton/lycra navy and cream striped knit.


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I made the third T-shirt out of a tissue knit, probably a rayon/lycra knit.


DSC_2495 600x600What I think is interesting is that they almost don’t look like the same T-shirt pattern.  The fabric transforms each of these makes into something quite unique.

I didn’t expect fabric choice would affect the fit as much as it did.  In my opinion the black ponte was not a great choice.  It was too rigid.  The cotton stripe has some drape and the tissue knit has too much drape.

I need more shaping to accommodate a full bust.  Even in a T-shirt, I get ripples or pulls at the bust line.  I applied a vertical full bust adjustment (FBA).  It worked a little on this T-shirt pattern.  Of the three makes I wear the tissue knit top the most because it pulls the least. I may still tweak the Breton look T-shirt for a better fit, because I love the fabric and the stripes.

If I were to recommend a T-shirt pattern, it would be the Renfrew T-shirt pattern by Sewaholic. I applied a vertical full bust adjustment (FBA) with better results.

This is a brief explanation of a vertical FBA.  I slice the front pattern piece horizontally at the level of the bust point.   Then I add length evenly across the pattern piece. I usually add about 1″.

Happy Sewing!

~ Janet

4 thoughts on “One Pattern – Three Looks

  1. They do all look very different for sure! I love the striped one too. Another really great t-shirt pattern that has a bust dart is Sandra Betzina’s Today’s Fit Vogue V1363. I have made it once in a heavy weight knit and it fit beautifully. This reminds me that I’ll have to make it again!

  2. I love all of these versions! It is always amazing to me how different the same pattern can look with a simple fabric swap. I love the Hemlock Tee free pattern by Grainline Studio–I’ve sewn it up two or three times and it has been a bit different each time due to what type of fabric I use. Thanks for sharing this!

    • I would love to give the Hemlock Tee a try. It is so fun to see the pattern transform with different fabrics. Thanks for dropping by!

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