Sewing a stretch knit T-shirt – Vogue V1275

It wasn’t too hard to line up the floral pattern on the front seams of this tee-shirt. And the bold graphic bouquet repeats again on one shoulder.

The pattern is from Sandra Betzina  – a Vogue Pattern Original V1275. It calls for a two way stitch knit.

I used more than the 1 5/8 yds recommended for my size, since I needed additional design repeat to match at my seams.

This is a very comfortable, flattering T-shirt in jersey knit, just the right weight for a warm spring day. Good with capri pants or jeans.

This is a very comfortable, flattering T-shirt in jersey knit, just the right weight for a warm spring day. Good with capri pants or jeans.

Pattern instructions include helpful tips on sewing with knits, and a guide to adjust pattern pieces for the top-heavy. It’s a flattering style, especially if you opt for the ruched front.

One set back, however, was a difficult to decipher diagram of the neck finishing. Just understand that once you sew on the neck binding, your next step is to flip the front panel top hem over the tail ends of the neck binding to hide and secure them inside.

I did find the neck binding somewhat thick. I added a final hand tack at the shoulder seams, where it tended to turn out. I dislike droopy, wide neck openings, and the unique binding on V1275 does a great job of holding the shirt flat to the body and not slipping side to side.

With this pattern (as with  most others) be sure to transfer all the circles, notches and squares onto your fabric. Use tailor’s chalk or coloured thread. You will need the marks to align everything together easily. Knits are notorious for folding up into slinky piles, and the small pattern pieces can get mixed up on the work table. Without transfer marks, it’s easy to forget if you are holding the left sleeve or the right.

I used Steam-A-Seam Lite for the bottom hem. Basically, it's an iron-on double-sided adhesive, that is just tacky enough for a temporary hold, so you can topstitch a hem without stretching.

I used Steam-A-Seam Lite for the bottom hem. Basically, it’s an iron-on adhesive, tacky enough for a temporary hold, so you can topstitch a hem without stretching.

I’d like to try this again with some zig zap pattern or maybe skinny stripes with the ruched front.

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