Please don’t judge me for the amount of pictures of myself in this post! Hahah!
I love wearing a good T-shirt, the right style can be very flattering and chic. There are so many T-shirt patterns available, but I hadn’t really found ‘THE’ pattern that ticked all my boxes, until now!
Hello Stellan! This is a free pattern by French Navy and it has proven itself as my go-to, always reliable T-shirt pattern.
Sarah-May (the pattern designer) describes it as “boxy, but still slim, with a high neckline and long sleeves”. I know it’s just a T-shirt, but every element is perfect and well plotted.
I love it so much, I made 4 versions in a week! Each has a slightly different finish to the sleeve hem, which I will detail towards the end of this post.
The hem shape on this pattern is lovely, it’s slightly curved, coming up a bit higher at the hips, but not so much that it is difficult to turn up.
While it looks great sewn up in a jersey with a bit of structure, I also love how it looks in something with a bit more drape. This maroon version is made from Merino Wool jersey, and it’s just beautiful to wear.
Yes, I made two white T-shirts! But as you can see, this version is much softer than the first. This jersey is lightweight, perfect for tucking into high waisted jeans.
So what fabrics did I use, and what are the different sleeve hem finishes? Let’s get into that.
- Fabric: 100% cotton jersey, “Cool Olive” #2062 from The Remnant Warehouse
- Sleeve finish: Single turn up, with tacking stitches at the under seam and the top edge
- Fabric: Cotton/spandex “California Comb Cotton 1×1 Rib White” #1717 from The Remnant Warehouse
- Sleeve finish: Double turn up, secured in place with hand sewn blind stitch
- Fabric: 100% Merino Wool jersey, “Marsala” from The Fabric Store
- Sleeve finish: Standard hem with a twin needle
- Fabric: 100% cotton jersey, “Pillow White” #2299 (no longer available) from The Remnant Warehouse
- Sleeve finish: Cut and left raw
- Pattern brand/name/number: The Stellan Tee by French Navy
- Style, size: Size M
- Fabric: As listed above
- Notions: Matching thread
- Modifications/alterations: None to the actual pattern, just the different sleeve finishes
I am so glad that I’ve found ‘THE’ T-shirt pattern, I think it’s just perfect, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have another version cut out ready to sew up!
Thanks if you made it to the end of this post!