Sewing the perfect tee shirt is hard, isn’t it? I can find tee shirts I love very easily in stores — Gap and Target’s v-necks have long been a staple in my wardrobe. But when it comes to making them, I’ve been at a loss for a long time. It’s a mix of not being able to find my ideal pattern, and struggling with fabric choice. I’m still working on the fabric (thanks for all your recommendations on Instagram the other day!), but I now have my tried and true tee shirt pattern — the Jeanne tee from Ready to Sew. This week alone I made two! Today I’m sharing my white Jeanne tee shirt with you.
A Perfect White Jeanne Tee Shirt
Fabric and Sizing
I was first introduced to Ready to Sew patterns when I made my Jack coat last month. Their easy and classic French style really speaks to me, and when I saw a sneak peak of the Jeanne I was on the edge of my seat!
Like my Jack coat, I made my white Jeanne tee shirt in a 38. It’s probably a size larger than I really need, but I like a drapier tee. I think this pattern shows how fabric choice affects fit, though. My fabric is a white knit from Joann with some stretch, but not a ton. The finished tee feels really wide, so I may end up taking some space out of the side seams. In these photos, it’s tucked into the back of my jeans. I’ll talk more about my striped version soon (in a stretchier knit), but the fit does feel different than this one with no modifications.
Sewing my White Jeanne Tee Shirt
I used my trusty twin needle for this shirt. The twin needle is my favorite way to do knits, and it also gives me the most professional-looking finish without having a coverstitch or serger. If you’re a knit beginner, I definitely recommend that little tool!
The Jeanne comes together in literally 45 minutes — I had hardly started my episode of Call the Midwife and I was already done! I skipped the pocket, but I can’t imagine that’d dramatically increase the sew time. The neckline could probably stand to be redone. My favorite tee shirt has a pretty wide neck and I wanted to mimic that, so I cut my neck band without the stretch. It’s maybe a little too wide, and doesn’t sit flat, but I do still like it.
I know that the Jeanne is now my go-to tee shirt pattern. My favorite detail is the sleeve cuffs. You sew the right side of the cuff to the wrong side of the sleeve, and then flip it up! It’s adorable, and also a feature on that aforementioned favorite tee shirt, which is true serendipity. There are definitely a few more of these in my future, since I think they’ll be a Me Made May staple! What’s your TnT tee shirt pattern?