Made in a Day - T-Shirt Tactics

Made in a Day - T-Shirt Tactics

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Everybody loves to wear T-Shirts.  For some they are a wardrobe staple – for others, they are only occasional wear.   Whatever their place is in your wardrobe, you have choices within the Sure-Fit Designs™ fitting system as to how you approach this style of garment.


Typically, the T-shirt is relatively close fitting and does not have a bust dart and is sewn from knit fabric.  All of you full-busted women know that you will always achieve superior fit when your pattern has a bust dart.  The Sure-Fit Designs™ kits provided either the darted Dress Kit, or the undarted Shirt Kit.   Most of you know that the Dress Kit bodice has 2 ½” (6.4cm) ease in the bust circumference, whereas the Shirt Kit has 5-6” (12.7-15.2cm) wearing ease in the chest circumference.  

Which kit to use for your T-Shirt?  As mentioned above, usually the T-shirt is undarted and fits closer to the body.  If you use the Dress Kit, you’ll achieve a better fit.  If you use the Shirt Kit, you’ll have looser fit and a much deeper armscye.


In this article, I’ll offer an alternative which uses the Dress Kit with the dart removed.  Ah Ha!  The fit then is closer to your body, the armscye is not so deep as with the Shirt Kit, and generally provides an excellent T-Shirt alternative.  Keep in mind, because it doesn’t have a bust dart, you full-busted ladies will inevitably end up with some folding in the armscye that points toward your bust, and no doubt it will hike up somewhat in the front because you don’t have the bust dart shaping your bust line.  But because you are going to be sewing with a forgiving knit fabric, usually these issues are minimized.


And one of the best parts...this is literally a 'Made in a Day' quick and simple!