Friday, June 29, 2018

Mandy Boatneck Tee

A few weeks ago I ordered this yummy French Terry from the Imagine Gnat's website. I thought it would make the perfect summer tee shirt to wear for the July 4th holiday.

I used my iPad and My Body Model croquis to sketch three different tee shirts. I was leaning toward making the Mandy Boatneck tee but asked my Instagram friends for their opinions to help make my decision. My IG friends were split between the Mandy and the Mimosa and it was a resounding NO to the Tabor. It just does not go well with these stripes.

The Mandy Boatneck Tee is a free pattern on the Tessuti website. I first heard about it a long time ago but was dissuaded by the One Size category, knowing that I do not fit into a one size fits most pattern. Recently, while listening to the Love To Sew Podcast I heard Caroline mention that she loves this pattern, so I thought I would give it a go. I read a few blog posts about it and knew I would need to enlarge the sleeve, because it runs really small and also lower the front neckline a bit.

I've drawn out a little sketch of the changes I made to make the pattern fit my arms and to lower the front neckline 1/2". I spent an afternoon making this tee shirt. The instructions are clear and it was an easy sew using my serger and a twin needle on the Bernina. It would have gone even quicker, but I cut the sleeves with the stripes going the wrong way and had to re-cut them. It's a good thing I had enough fabric to do so.

The final garment turned out just as I had hoped. Our eldest son usually comes to California for the July 4th holiday (and his birthday) but this year they'll be staying in Arizona for his son's volleyball tournament. I'll miss our annual beach party but instead I'll be wearing my new Mandy Boatneck Tee to our community's boat parade.

mandy boatneck tee

I'll be making more Mandy's and I think I will elongate the back by 2-3 inches and do a split side seam.


Susan Snooks said...

The T-shirt looks fabulous Di! Your sewing skills know no bounds!!

Jenny said...

Looks great! I haven't sewn with knit fabrics for years, should really give it another try.

Debbie said...

Turned out super cute and I like your idea of making the back longer.

Lodi said...

Very cute Diane! I've been looking at the Mandy Boat T for years, and I think I'll give it an altered "go", along with Tessuti's recent freebe - that is also "One Size Fits Most"!