Monday, April 20, 2015

Andes Mint Striped Tee - New Look 6838

Pattern: New Look 6838 (reissued as New Look 6402)
Pattern Description: Knit tops with neckline and sleeve options and drawstring pants.

Pattern Sizing: Size A (XS-XL) I cut a small, which corresponds to size 10-12. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I made it with shorter sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the wide neckline and the curved back seam which took care of the swayback situation.

Fabric Used: One yard brown and jade striped 60" wide ponte de roma (80% poly, 15% rayon, 5% Lycra) from Mood Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: When I made this pattern the first time I had fitting issues and had to alter the paper pattern extensively. This time the fitting issues were all my fault. I mistakenly thought the ponte would be so different stretch wise from the interlock I used the first time and originally added a half inch to each side seam. Big mistake, which I didn't realize until I had stitched it together, so there was a lot of unpicking and then I re-cut the top in the original size.

Since I only had one yard, I could not have full-length sleeves. However, I chose to cut them out as long as possible and make the decision later. As it turned out, I hemmed them just below the elbow, so more than half but still not three-quarter length. A simple turn-under at the neckline, sleeves, hems, and I was done.

Check out those matching stripes!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I can not recommend the pattern as is since I had to do a major reworking of the original pattern. However, the one great thing about this pattern is that the back pattern piece included a shaped center back seam which addressed any swayback issues. I suggest looking for similar patterns in order to create the best fitted t-shirts.

Yes, there is a center seam here! Stripe matching, for the win!
Conclusion: Another great boatneck t-shirt and the first one done out of my striped tee sewing binge.


Mugsy's in Stitches said...

Wow, terrifc job on all the stripey-matches! Looks like a great pattern, even with all the adjustments you had to do to the original. I've been eyeing some of the free ones floating around the internet and considering doing a test of them - problem is it takes me so darned long to get started at sewing something wearable, the review would take a cople of years! *lol*
Keep your chin up on the job front, it's just a short matter of time before someone is smart enough to scoop up your skilled self. ;)

Summer Flies said...

Great top. I love the sleeve length and the stripe matching is spot on.

Kyle said...

Andes mint! Love it!

Audrey said...

I too love Andes mints. Your top has really pretty colors and a nice fit.