I didn't know I needed a great Twin Tee Set in my life until I was a pattern tester for the newly released "Easy Fit and Sew Twin Tee Set" by Jennifer Stern.This is one of the best fitting (right out of the envelope) items I've sewn in a long time!
When Jennifer put a call out on her blog for pattern testers, I filled out the application, and didn't give it much more thought. Until she sent a note thanking me for volunteering to test and inviting me to join a group of about 15 other sewers on a private Facebook group as we tested the pattern.
Eeek! Now I had to actually carve out some sewing time AND go to the fabric store for some knit fabric.
Okay, going to the fabric store wasn't really a hardship. I'm always up for a trip to SR Harris Fabric Outlet.
Oops! Looks like a few other bolts of fabric jumped
into my cart as I was shopping for fabric for the Easy Fit and Sew Twin
The PDF pattern has layers so you can turn off the sizes you don't need (yay!) and only have lines for the sizes you want.
You're instructed to choose the pattern size by your full bust measurement. I questioned whether I should really do that or choose using my high bust measurement and do a FBA (like I do for everything else). Jennifer assured me she drafts with enough room in the bust that no FBA (full bust adjustment) would be needed.
I'm going to be honest...I was VERY skeptical about no need to do a full bust
adjustment. Even after Jennifer assured me it would not be needed. I admitted my skepticism to Jennifer and went ahead and cut and sewed without any alterations.
Guess what? I should not have questioned the designer, LOL. It fits with no FBA. I now have a new TNT Tee pattern!
The Tee can be sewn sleeveless, with short sleeves or with long sleeves. The cardi also has a shaped back hem option (the hemline curves up from the side seams to the center back, something I've seen recently in RTW).
Because I had a limited amount of fabric, I had to add a center seam to the back of my Tee. The pattern is not designed that way.
The front edges of the cardi are finished with a 1-1/2" strip of fabric. I used the grey portion of my fabric for the facings. Here's the view of the corner edge from the right side.
Here's the view of the same corner from the wrong side. I had to add tiny hand stitches along the bottom to keep the faux mitered corner in place. I'm not sure if it was my error or instructions error. To be fair, I learn easier with video and photos than I do text and illustrations, so I'll try it again and see if it goes more smoothly next time around.
this Twin Tee pattern on her website where she also includes many of the photos from the pattern testers so you'll be able to see a wide variety of fabric samples and body types.
I'm really pleased with the fit of the tee and cardi, and thrilled that
Jennifer let me be a pattern tester. I'm now sold on her patterns and
plan on trying the Easy Fit and Sew Raglan Sleeve Top next.