Hello all! For this months Minerva Make I made yet another cosy layering piece in preparation for the winter ahead. This time; a long-sleeved jersey t-shirt to wear under jumpers to keep as warm as possible.
Patternwise,  I used the leotard block I drafted for uni last year. I made a very in your face leotard, which I'm popping a picture of below to show the difference a fabric choice makes, and to admire just how shiny it is!
I took my block back to basics, and used the version before I added the raglan sleeve. No zip was necessary, as I cut the neckline wide enough to fit over my head.  The other alteration I made was to cut a hem roughly at the hip line, disregarding the crotch section of the pattern. What's fun about this pattern is that the sleeve is cut on the fold, and the front and back armholes are the same. The amount of stretch in the Viscose Jersey Fabric was perfect for the negative ease in this pattern, which was quite a relief. I think if I was using a cotton jersey, I might have had to size up a tad. It cut out and sewed together really fast for a quick, yet satisfying make.
I am really pleased with the fit through the body. There's usually excess fabric around the armhole, but because this pattern is drafted for my bust, it fits much better in this area than my other t-shirts. There is a slight bit of excess in the underarm and top part of the sleeve, which I will take in to get a really snug fit. Next time I'll see what I can do about the creases in the lower back. It might be that the tee just isn't pulled down enough, or that I need to make some alteration there. The viscose Jersey Fabric is the softest thing I've ever touched. Its out of stock in this colour now but there are loads of others to choose from. It feels almost invisible next to your skin, providing the perfect protection against scratchy jumpers. It does like to crease though, so this is not a no-iron tee.

I know for sure that this tee will get a lot of wear for this winter, so I am very glad to add it to my wardrobe. Thank you very much for reading and to Minerva Crafts for providing the materials for this project.

Lauren xx