Nautical Ponte Knit T-Shirt

Kasey is back with another version of her favorite T-shirt pattern.  I love how Kasey uses this pattern over and over and each one has its own special touch.  Remember this version?  Thank you Kasey!

I used another lovely ponté knit from Roz for this top; it’s a slight variation on my usual boat neck. Instead of an overlap at the shoulder I abutted the collar bands, matching the stripes. To do this I attached the collar pieces to the front and back, pressed them up, and then placed the collar pieces together in the shoulder area, adjusting them slightly to align the stripes. I then used a wide, medium length zigzag stitch in a contrasting thread to baste the edges together so I could attach the sleeves in the flat. With the basting in place, I fell stitched the two collar sides together from the inside of the garment. Once I finished I removed the basting (yes, there’s probably an easier way to do this, but as I was making it up as I went along, that’s what I came up with.)

But it was such a lovely fabric to work with; it cut easily and sewed up with no difficulty. I was even able to remove stitches several times from the same area without much damage to the fabric. It washed well on a regular cycle and in the dryer on delicate; it can get a tad shiny with ironing so you may want to use a pressing cloth, but once I washed it again the shine was gone. It is a very firm knit so if you don’t like figure skimming garments you may want to go up a half or full size.

Besides this kind of top I think it would make and excellent sweater set or sheath dress; it’s got a good weight and is a fun color for spring – I’m pairing mine with the apricot silk charmeuse as a scarf and the cream Egyptian cotton (temporarily out of stock) in a skirt. But I really like the sweater set idea so I may be getting more soon…

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