Completed: Stripey scoop neck t-shirt

Whoah! I sewed a garment for myself! Now, that was long ago! I suddenly really wanted something new and colourful to wear. It had to be a quick make without any fitting so I pulled out the pattern for a scoop neck tee by Meg McElwee that I’ve used before. That t-shirt is probably my most worn self-made garment ever so it seemed like a safe bet to use it for some fuss-free sewing.

The fabric is a bit of a funky striped knit that I originally bought with the intention of making a dress for my daughter. When I laid down the pattern on the fabric, I realized I could just fit it on with nothing to spare. With the uneven stripes in this print there is only so much pattern matching that you can do so I only sort of did this for the sides and made sure that both sleeves at least featured the stripes in the same order.

Yes, it’s in Dutch…

I had to laugh a bit at myself because after making the first t-shirt years and years and years ago (pre-blogging) I had written down on the traced pattern that I had made the t-shirt 1 inch shorter than the pattern. Years later I used the same pattern to make a maternity t-shirt and then wondered whether I had also removed that 1 inch from the pattern or not and wrote that question down on the pattern as well. I can now attest that yes, I did indeed cut off the 1 inch from the pattern. I think nowadays I make clearer notes when I modify a pattern, or at least I hope I do.

I wore my new t-shirt the entire day before taking pictures and I can already tell that it is going to be another winner in my wardrobe.

Does anyone else suddenly feel the need for brighter colours in their life? I wear a lot of dark blue and grey and have done so for years but now I want more purple and greens and maybe even pink? We’ll see what comes next. I probably need to get some more fabric first, this was the only colourful kid fabric that my pattern fit on.

August 3, 2021

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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10 Comments

  1. katechiconi

    It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, and this fabric is such a fun colour combination. I love stripes myself, and have *at least* 6 long sleeved T shirts that are striped, for our (not very cold) winters. I tend to wear darker, plainer colours in winter, and brighter, hot colours in the summer, when the sun is so bright that you need strong colours or they appear bleached. I do crave colour in the winter, but I seem to be incapable of doing my usual bright, strong prints at that time of year!

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    • Emmely

      Yes, I also wear a lot of stripes, they’re great. I don’t make much distinction between summer and winter clothes. I just layer up more in winter. I wonder whether it’s this whole pandemic thing that just keeps dragging on that makes me reach for colour.

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      • katechiconi

        I wear such thin fabrics in the summer that layering for the winter would turn me into the Michelin Man! Plus it gives me a chance to wear different things, which I enjoy. I think you might have a point about needing some colour and interest in life because of C19…

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        • Emmely

          Such different climates. I guess I would make more of a distinction if I didn’t work in a place where some labs still feel artic even in the height of summer.

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  2. tialys

    I really like the colours in those ‘wobbly’ stripes and it looks great on you. I’m a big fan of the scooped neck myself as it minimises my generous embonpoint and looks more modern than a v-neck.
    I did start keeping a notebook with pattern notes in it which I must start doing again as I have found it really useful in the past. You’re right about having to be a bit more precise in the notes though as you think you’ll remember what a brief instruction means but a year or more later it will have you puzzling over what you meant.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I do wear V-necks but am also more fan of the scoop. I now often also date the modifications that I made, that sometimes helps me remember why I did something.

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  3. marissthequilter

    I am so impressed with your perfect T-shirt. Enjoy wearing it

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