Hi everyone, it’s Carrie – and it’s sewalong time! Yeah! Let’s make some t-shirts.
Just like all Cashmerette Patterns, the Concord T-Shirt is sized by bust size. Make sure you choose your size by your measurement rather than your bra size, as bra sizes are variable between brands, countries and apparently days of the week. The Concord T-Shirt has negative ease in the bust for an ideal fit, so be sure to choose your size based on your measurements rather than finished garment measurements.
If you need to grade between sizes, it’s quite simple to do on this pattern, as there are just a few pieces. Check out the tutorial here. As a tip, just make sure you add or subtract the same amount from the front and back so that the side seams stay the same length.
The Concord T-Shirt is super customizable and throughout this sewalong I’ll be showing you two versions, which cover all the bases!
- First is a mint green shirt, with a V-neck, short sleeves, cuffs, and the short length
- Second is a Kelly green shirt, with a scoop neck, three quarter length sleeves with tabs, and the long curved.
Because there are so many choices, I highly recommend tracing your pattern pieces – you can make so many Concords but if you cut your tissue (or don’t want to assemble a PDF again) you’d be stuck in the style you first chose. So, despite the extra time and effort, I really encourage you to trace! Once you’ve chosen your design elements, traced your size, and cut your pattern pieces, it’s time to cut fabric.
Make sure to prewash your fabric, as knits are wont to shrink quite a bit. Once your fabric is ready to go and your pattern is traced and cut, it’s time to cut your fabric. We recommend cutting your fabric on the flat (rather than folding) for maximum yield – it’s especially helpful when stripe or pattern matching. Make sure all the notches are there, and notch the center front and center back of the neckline.
Okay! Now we have all our pieces ready to go. In our next session, we’ll get started putting our Concord T-Shirts together!