Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ladies Fun Tee from Sew by Pattern Pieces (Review and Giveaway)

If anyone looks back through my blog you will see that I have long been a fan of the patterns from Lauren at Sew by Pattern Pieces.  I was super excited to hear that she was drafting my all time favourite tee pattern in grown up sizes, after all everyone needs a perfectly fitting tee.  And a perfectly fitting tee this one is.
There are so many things I love about the #11100 Ladies Fun Tee:
- Covers a massive size range Au 6-26, US 2-22, Eu 34-54
- It has a separately drafted front piece for each cup size A-G (more on that shortly)
- Three different neck options (round, scoop and V)
- Loads of sleeve options: plain sleeves in cap, short, 3/4 and long length, gathered short sleeve and princess sleeve
- Fitted or more relaxed fit cut lines
- Slightly curved hem option
- Layers for selective printing
Is that enough?  

So why the separate front pieces for each cup size?  This takes all the headache out of getting the perfect fit.  There are beautifully detailed instructions in the tutorial on how to measure accurately and choose the right cup size for you.  The may not be the bra size you wear but trust the pattern IT WORKS!!!  My other trusty tip here is measure yourself with the bra you are most likely to wear with the shirt when finished, I found that my measurements varied a lot between different bras.  Once you have worked out your size you are done!  No hoping that you measure a B cup as that's what the pattern is drafted for.  No hoping you can get away with the fit because the fabric is stretchy and you're not that far off.  No more full bust or small bust adjustments, just cut and sew!!!  PERFECTION!

I'll admit I got slightly addicted to this pattern during testing, partly due to attention to detail taken in getting the fit just right during testing and partly because I wanted a whole wardrobe of new tees for summer ;-).    So what did I make.  I'm in love with the fitted version with a scoop neck, although I'm looking forward to trying the other options as well.  I made a size 8 through the shoulders and bust drafted out to a 10 in the waist/hip, which is where my measurements sit on the size chart. 

I couldn't help but try the gorgeous wee puffed sleeve version, I still have plans to put some heat transfer vinyl on this one but I can't make up my mind what to put on it, lol.  This tee shows how the fit isn't only lovely through the front but also in the back where there's not a lot of fabric pooling at the waistline.

By this stage I was ready to break out this fabulous panel that I'd been hoarding for quite some time.  I now have a new favourite tee of all time :-)
But don't take my word for it, go and check out all the other gorgeous tester photos in the tester round-up blog post, this tee seriously looks amazing on everyone.

Don't miss any of the posts on the Sew by Pattern Pieces Fun Tee Roundup Tour
(Note: the links below will not work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out the rest of their blogs anytime!)

Day 1 Tuesday 22nd - MeMade
Day 2 Wednesday 23rd - Anne-Mari Sews and Sewing by Ti
Day 3 Thursday 24th - By Breenah and Kiwi Crafty Chemist
Day 4 Friday 25th - Kutti Couture

Want to win not only a copy of this pattern but also a copy of the latest issue of One Thimble e-zine which contains a fabulous article by Lauren on doing a FBA as used here on any pattern?  Then enter the rafflecopter giveaway below.  a Rafflecopter giveaway