Perfect T-shirt: FREE PATTERN ALERT !!

I try to force myself to work with knits to improve my serger skills. It’s hard because the results are not yet to my standard but it’s a humbling experience after 14 years of sewing… Now for the pattern, don’t go, RUN to get Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Tonic T-shirt pattern!! Why ? It’s FREEEEEEEE and it’s PERFECT!

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Now, the only thing you have to be careful about is measurements: it’s very close fitting so make sure your knit has the proper amount of recovery (printed on the instructions so yay!!) and adjust the length if needed. I’m 5’3″ and because I wear my bottoms either high waisted or pretty low on the hips, next time (oh yes there wil be many next times!!) I’ll add 2″ to make sure that I don’t expose my tummy in the office… Also, I have one less positive comment about the pattern, it’s a tiled PDF and there are no marks for where to join the pages. Since it’s just a t-shirt and you can just make sure lines are straight, it’s ok but I hope that for their more complex pattern SBCC is including this marks!

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I love everything about this pattern, the instructions are great (closer result to RTW), the scoop neck is nice and wide, the drafting is perfect, the fit is great and did I say that it’s free ?? This blue knit is from my last hangout with Lakaribane in P√©tionville (did I say that she’s evil?? She shows you around Port-au-Prince, take you to eat delicious lobster and gets you to buy fabric to justify her own addiction… I’m telling you, she’s dangerous ;-) )

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For the construction, I serged all seams as per instruction, starting with one shoulder, finishing the neckline (hum hum, a lot of room for improvement here), serging the second shoulder, adding the sleeves, serging side seams and underarms seams at once and then serging and double stitching the hems.

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And to my shame the close-ups where you can see my less than perfect work on the neckline. Do you have a tip to cut a constitent 1/8″ with the knif of the serger or do I have to get use to it?

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As you can see, the final result is quite close fitting. I used size XXS but I want to try to go up 2 sizes to make a loose version out of this amazingly soft and beautiful vintage silk jersey I just got in Paris. WHAT? Did I say vintage french silk jersey ? Yes… A fabric p*rn post from my trip back home is on the way…

Any tips for my serger learning curve?