Nel Nan and Nora’s Miranda TShirt

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A long sleeved t shirt is such a good wardrobe staple for the cooler months. I’ve sewn a few but thought that the Miranda t shirt pattern – – was a good opportunity for something more colourful!

During the summer we spent a week in southern France, in part so that we could see flamingos in their native habitat and this printed jersey, kindly supplied by Doughty’s, brings back happy memories of that time.

I made size small (10-12) and it does come up snug, with significant negative ease, which isn’t what I would normally choose. It’s important to use a fabric with a good amount of stretch because of this. The sleeves are very slim fitting too and are bracelet length on me; cuffs could be added for length and to avoid hemming the sleeves.

If I were to make another, I would either size up or add a little width in the sleeves and shorten the body. It fits well at the moment but I’m some way below my normal weight.

I attempted pattern matching, albeit not very successfully, but with such a busy print, I’ll not worry about it.

The construction is quick and easy; and I kept to the suggested order: shoulder seams, neck band, sleeves, side/ underarm seams and finally the hems.

I used a 4-thread stitch on my overlocker with a mix of pale pink and white threads. A narrow zigzag on a conventional machine would work perfectly well as an alternative. For the hems I used my cover stitch machine but a good alternative would be a twin needle, zigzag or other stretch stitch.

All in all it’s a good basic pattern that can also be adjusted to suit your needs, if you think ahead more than I did!

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