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His and Hers Tee Shirts

I have lots of good intentions of sewing for my husband but always something ‘better’ comes along to sew for me. So many new shiny patterns and so many gorgeous fabrics to choose from.

And I guess I’m a little nervous to sew for him as it seems as if it would be harder to fit and then what if he didn’t like it?!!

Anyway, when this lovely dark grey Cotton Spandex Jersey Fabric arrived, I knew it would make perfect matchy matchy his and hers tee shirts. It’s such a perfect charcoal marl colour and is very soft with an excellent stretch and recovery.

For hubby, I chose to make the Thread Theory Strathcona Henley and for me the Seamworks Astoria. These are both in PDF format and having made them before, I have made all the fit alterations I need. The thread theory pattern comes as a button up tee and a round neck tee, it’s a lovely men’s long sleeved pattern and is so easy to make. However, be careful with the sleeves as I think they are very long if you decide to make this pattern. The Astoria is my favourite waist length top, perfect under dungarees and with high waisted skirts and trousers or even over dresses. The sleeves in this pattern come in full length and elbow length variations.

I had three metres of this fabric and it was the perfect amount to make us both a tee shirt as it’s wide. The fabric washes well and doesn’t really need ironing. It’s soft and lightweight enough to be a layering piece as well as worn in its own.

Both tees are constructed in the same way and I did all of it on my overlocker except for the hem of the Strathcona which I stitched on my coverstitch machine to avoid any snapped stitches when wearing. The Astoria has a waistband which means no hemming. Both tees have neckbands which should be made shorter than the neck circumference in order that they lie flat. The stretch in this fabric makes it very easy to get a good finish on the neck. Adding a cuff to the sleeves gives a very neat finish which I prefer to a hemmed sleeve.

Both these tees have been washed and worn regularly and I’m happy to report that the fabric has faired well. As the fabric comes in many other gorgeous colours, I think I will make a few more matching tees, but of course we won’t be wearing them at the same time! Two really good staple patterns and fabric that seems perfectly matched to them. Wardrobe workhorses.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones …. And now it’s time for 2019 sewing plans. I recommend these patterns and this fabric if you would like to do some easy, quick sewing and if you want some brownie points for sewing for the man/men in your life!

Happy Sewing!

Ali x


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