The Grail T-shirt…aka this one actually fits!

Helllooo dear reader!  February has been a busy month, hence the radio silence!  But I’m back and with a Finished Object to boot!
Do you recall this teaser:
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This is The Grail T-shirt pattern from Vesta patterns and y’all this pattern is the JAM!  Namely because it comes in three different body types….I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but women aren’t all shaped (even remotely) the same!!  I went with the “S” body type which “has a full bust, defined waist, and full hips“…. it’s basically an hourglass.  [P.S. this line from their site made me crack up “Not quite an hourglass, but who wants the baggage of a cultural body ideal, anyway?” HA!]

Now, this pattern ain’t cheap, especially since I’m a paper pattern snob :-/
I reached out to the awesome Lauren at  Lladybird, who at this point had mentioned the pattern, but not actually posted about it (she since has).  She confirmed it was indeed a good buy and gave me a few heads up about it.

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I treated the red one as a wearable muslin…and it turned out actually wearable! Hooray 😀
I made the 3/4 length sleeve with the scoop neck.  I actually cut a straight size Large, which is technically one size smaller than what the envelope would have me do.  However, one of the heads up I got was there’s a lot of ease in this bad boy and since I like a more fitted tee I dropped down a size.

Another thing Lauren warned me about was the rather sparse directions… and boy howdy was she not kidding!  The entirety of the directions fit on a single page.  Had I taken her advice and actually consulted tutorials and books, instead of just blindly soldiering ahead, the first go around probably would have turned out better.  Spoiler: I finished the neck, sleeve and hem two different ways….neither of which were right!

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However, despite the minor cosmetic issues with the finish (and one minor fit issue) this has actually become one of my most worn tops!

Which gave me courage to move ahead 🙂

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This is technically my first finished garment of 2016! …Other than a quick pair of undies as a peace offering to my sewing machine after our falling out.

With the second go around I did the short-sleeve crew neck tee….Which is ironic since I went on and on in January about needing Winter weather clothes :-/
I cut the same size, but graded down to a Medium at the shoulders.  I found my red shirt was too wide in the shoulders and kept exposing my bra straps (HORRORS I know!).

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I also finally figured out how to do the binding finish right… or at the very least a prettier wrong way.  FYI: Stitch in the ditch with a small zig-zag such that it covers the seam line 😉

I am now declaring this my go to t-shirt pattern!  I already have the fabric and plans for two more (long sleeve this time- it’s still cold as shit out there), including a Grailed Renfrew!!

So, everyone should now go out and support Vesta Patterns, because they are the shit and I want them to stay in business!  Seriously guys- they have a new dress pattern!!

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