That said, I think I have pretty much perfected a T-shirt pattern. I love a good knit top, so I started with that. My first attempt is using Pamela's Perfect T-shirt, size Med. darted front. And because I love a knit top, but I don't like plain knit tops, I made it with a boat neck and flared sleeves.
The darts were a little high, not unwearable, but high - which you can't see because the fabric is dark. So I lowered them on the pattern and tried again. This time I had in mind a dress inspired by a design I had seen in the Built by Wendy book. The big difference is that she was recommending a twill or linen for hers and I used some ponte knits that I had collected. The dress works pretty well, but I have to watch which bras I wear with it or the bust points still don't line up quite right.
|And the back|
The next pattern I tried was the Silhouettes #115 Ann's Top, which I liked. You can hear the BUT coming can't you?
I liked the french dart, over to the side, really unobtrusive, but I really liked the way the shoulders on Pamela's Perfect T fit better so... I copied the shoulders, armholes, and sleeves of Pamela's pattern and merged from the bust down to the Silhouettes pattern. Since I also liked the longer length and curved hemline of Pamela's pattern I used that too. And so you have -
|Note to self - straighten before picture|
A nearly perfect knit top. Although I should have straightened it before I took the picture. My camera and I are still not friends. I have several ideas for more variations, hopefully I will get time to actually sew them, you know, before I forget them.
Happy Sewing, Suzanne