I've been making myself a bunch of v-neck tees recently because that is all I wanted to wear throughout the summer. It's just my luck that now I have finished it's getting cold, and I'll need long sleeved shirts. By the time I get some cold-weather clothing done, it'll be spring.
Anyway, I used five different fabrics and had very different results even though I was using the exact same pattern. I wear them all, but prefer some over others. I thought I'd share my fabric comparison to show how different fabrics react even when treated the same.
For all of these tees I used the Union St. Tee (affiliate link). I know I've been using this pattern a whole bunch lately, but I've really needed some tees, and now that these are done I'm moving on to other patterns. (I'm currently cutting out a woven shirt right now!) I'm trying to focus on slow sewing and using a pattern more than once. Here are my pattern alterations:
- Size small lengthened at the waist by 1"
- My right shoulder has a sloping shoulder adjustment
- I raised the necklined 1/2"
- I shortened the sleeves 1"
- I took a little bit from the side front at the hem since most of my hip measurement is in my backside.
I laid out the tees on top of each other and lined up the sleeve seam to compare lengths. There's probably a 3"-4" difference from the shortest to the longest. The peach and the floral tees shrunk in the wash; I've never had that problem with knit fabric before so I was very surprised.
Cotton Spandex Jersey - that shrunk in the wash
Rayon Spandex Jersey - that shrunk in the wash
Cotton Spandex Jersey - that did not shrink in the wash
Lightweight Bamboo Rayon Spandex
The necklines came out differently also. The gray and floral have lower and more open necklines while the others are higher and have better recovery.
I hemmed the tees with a twin needle and had issues with tunneling on all of them except the thicker cotton spandex interlock fabric of the white graphic tee.