Perhaps you will think this blog post a little boring, but I’m pretty excited about this basic pattern. This is the Hey June Handmade Union St Tee pattern. Because I have a habit of making two Hey June Patterns at the same time (indecisive about which view to make!) I sewed up 2 Union St Tees, a v-neck and a scoop neck.
The Union St. Tee can be made in 9 sizes from XXS to 3X. Besides the 2 different necklines, this tee can be made with 4 different sleeve lengths. The illustrations are line drawings. If you’ve never sewn with knits before, this pattern would be a great place to start.
The first Union St. Tee I made is the most boring, but the most exciting to me! Before I sewed this shirt, I didn’t have a plain white tee. I know! Such a basic and such a huge hole in my wardrobe. Problem fixed. I sewed the scoop neck with elbow length sleeves. The fabric is Riley Blake Designs basic white knit. I still think the neckline could use a tad bit of work, but you better believe this one is going to be worn steady! I forgot to make my standard wide shoulder adjustment, but it’s not too bad of a fit. I will remember to do that next time, for sure.
The second Union St. Tee I made is the v-neck with short sleeves. I had never sewed a v-neck before, and I got this one right on the first try. I don’t think it was talent or luck, but another point for Adrianna, the designer of Hey June Handmade patterns. She really is amazing!
For this v-neck I used club knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s so soft and beautiful, and amazing. I also forgot the wide shoulder adjustment on this one, and I think that is the cause of the pulling you can see above the chest. Not like that’s going to keep me from wearing it, or anything!
The only change I made to this one was to raise the v-neck by 1 inch (and shorten the neckband accordingly) due to the fact that I bend up and down 100 million times a day (side effect of having 7 children) and I usually don’t have a free hand to keep my shirt from flopping open.
Sometimes it’s the simplest thing in life that satisfy us the most, and sewing up the Union St. Tee definitely fits that category. Now leave me a comment…what satisfying thing have you done lately?