The Rowan Tee
Posted on Saturday the 27th July 2019 by Wanderstitch
Sarah from Wanderstitch here again - this month I'm bringing you another Megan Nielsen pattern, the Rowan Tee! Last month I made the Dawn Jeans, which you can read all about here on the Blogger Network if you missed it.
T-shirt's are one of those things that I never really think about to sew for myself - after all, they are plentiful in the shops and usually fit quite well. When I saw that my wardrobe was rather lacking in funky printed T-shirt's, I decided that now was the time to start making myself some.
Here's where this Awesome Jersey Fabric comes in - just look at this print! So cool, isn't it! It's a perfect weight for T-shirt's, and even underwear and dresses. It's slightly on the thicker end of jersey fabrics (and not see through at all) which makes it a bit more stable and easy to sew if you're a newbie to stretch fabrics.
My go-to pattern for T-shirt's so far has been the Grainline Scout Tee. While I don't necessarily have a problem with all the T-shirt's in my wardrobe being the same style, it's nice to try out different patterns - so I chose the ever-popular Rowan Tee. It's quite different from the Scout, in that it's a bit more fitted - the finished item has negative ease, which means that the garment is smaller than your body.
I prefer a slightly looser fit, so I sized up. I measured a size medium, but looking at the finished sizes I still felt it was a bit small, so I cut an XL (the largest size in the packet). It gave a good fit around the bust - not too tight, but not so baggy either.
The Rowan has a lot of different options in the one envelope - round neck, v-neck, different length sleeves and also a bodysuit option. I went for the round neck (I'm not a fan of V-necks) but I'd also like to try the high neck T-shirt version for the winter.
T-shirt's are a super-fast make - perfect for when you need a quick fix! From cutting to finishing, I think it maybe takes a couple of hours... I think it takes me longest to thread the overlocker! ???? Having an overlocker will make sewing T-shirt's that little bit easier and quicker, because you can sew and finish the seams in one go, but you can totally make these without one - you can sew all the seams with a stretch stitch (it looks like a little lightning bolt stitch on my machine) and then finish them off with a zig-zag stitch. No problems! Avoid using a straight stitch, because these seams don't have enough stretch to them and the seam might snap when the fabric gets stretched during wear.
I decided to get a little fancy with my hemming and use one pink thread and one blue in the coverstitch machine - I love how it looks! If you like the double-stitching look, you can also achieve this with a twin-needle set up on your machine - check your manual to see how to do this if you're not sure.
I'm really happy with the way my finished Rowan looks, but there are some changes that I would make for the next one. The neck feels a little bit tight on me - sometimes I feel like I'm being strangled - so I'll enlarge the neck opening to help with this. There's some excess fabric going on at the front under the armpits as well, which is possibly because I sized up - I might try sizing down for the next one to see if it helps eliminate this, but I don't want the top to become too stretched across the bust. As with any new pattern, it will be a bit of trial and error, but hopefully, it will result in a pattern that I can use over and over again as a wardrobe builder!
Thanks for reading - I hope you love this fabric as much as I do!
Sarah // Wanderstitch