Theres nothing like purple to make me happy and to help break out of the basic colors I’ve been using to build my Core Wardrobe. The first of much more color to come for Spring and Summer, is my version of the Rose Tshirt from Blank Slate Patterns.
- The gathering at the front adds some nice ease through the body without making it baggy and I did not need to size up at the hips like usual.
- Great pattern for a little stash busting of those quilting cottons I haven’t touched in a while.
- The contrast options at the neckline draw the eye up and away from the tummy and hips.
- I like inserting sleeves flat.
- Theres a full facing on the front to cover up all those seams.
- The pattern can easily be made into a dress with just a little grading for the hip/thigh. (The pattern has been re-released to include a dress option)
- The seams at the front of the arm scythe are pretty bulky with three layers there. I’d recommend using a lighter weight fabric for the front facing to reduce the bulk.
- The arm scythe at the front curves in toward the center front a bit and causes some pulling. I’m not going to spend time to adjust the pattern as I’m only planning to use this pattern again for a sleeveless version.
- I determined that the triangle shape marking on pattern piece#6 needs to be moved by 1in down toward the center front to make the two front pieces #6 and #5 line up correctly. I purchased my pattern from a store, perhaps the PDF versions in the Blank Slate Patterns webstore have been corrected.
- Go down a size if you’re between sizes. I’m a 35.5in bust and the small sized for up to a 35in bust has enough ease for me.
- Understitch the facing around the neckline to prevent rolling, before top-stitching the front facing below the front yoke.
- Use a lighter weight fabric for the front facing if possible, this will decrease bulk at the arm seams. Alternately, grade the seam allowances if you’re not using a serger.
- Check your pattern pieces.
- Lay out your front yoke pieces as demonstrated in the instructions to help keep track of what goes where.
- I use stay tape at my shoulder seams when sewing with knits.
The Rose Tshirt takes about 3.25 hours to complete.