Oh, the weather outside is frightful…
…but my new tee is so delightful!
How to describe the Cashmerette Concord tee? Imagine that Sewaholic Renfrew and Grainline Lark had a baby. After I graded between sizes, my Concord is really similar to Renfrew at shoulders and hip, but with waist definition. It’s got the sleek length and layerability of Lark, but with room for a bust. All three patterns come with lots of sleeve and neckline options, so really, it’s just a question of which one suits your shape!
As with all the Cashmerette patterns released so far, the fit is on the slim side. There is negative ease at the bust, and an inch of ease at the hips. (This is my tester version, sewn in a 14 bust, 16 waist, hips and sleeves, in the C/D cupsize.) Because it’s a closer fitting tee than I’m use to, I chose a medium weight rayon knit with plenty of relaxed stretch for my first version. In a more stable knit or a snappy cotton lycra, I’d go up a size.
As you can see, my belly and butt are duking it out to see who will get the fabric, and my front half is winning. Although it looks like I need a sway back, I’m pretty confident I just need an inch more width at the back hem. That’s the same adjustment I made on my Appleton wrap dresses, so I think it’ll probably become a standard adjustment for me. If you are shaped like me, it might be worth taking the two minutes to make that adjustment before you sew!
(Side note – see that pulling at the bust? I’m going to go up a cup size on my next version to see if that helps.)
This is the highest-necked t-shirt I’ve ever sewn! Normally I’d pick the scoopneck option, but but I thought this would make a perfect pyjama top. I’m pleasantly surprised by the neckline – it’s not as wide as a boatneck, so it won’t show bra straps, and it’s not so high that it feels uncomfortable. I like how the higher neck adds visual length to the silhouette, too. (Perhaps that’s something only a short person would think of! 😉
As always, the details of the pattern are good. The neckband is narrow and the length worked perfectly for this fabric. The shoulders hit at the right spot, and this sleeve length is nice as drafted. I’m looking forward to trying out the longer version with the curved hem.
I know some people like to moan about how designers always put out basic patterns, but I have to say, as long as each pattern brings something specific to the table, I’m thrilled.
I was a pattern tester for this shirt, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for it to be released. In the 5 months since I sewed this first version, I’ve been playing around with pattern adjustment and even a sassy dress hack. I’ll be blogging those soon, so my apologies while it turns into Concord central over here! I’m under no obligation to blog as a tester – and indeed, I’ve only blogged about 2/3 of what I’ve tested over the years – so please don’t think of it as advertising. I’m excited to show you some wardrobe staples that I’ve been enjoying making and wearing!
I took these pics back in November, in one of our first snows of the year… and what do you know, we had snow and freezing rain last night, and some of my schools are closed today! Oh Canada, land of the very long winter. Please end soon, ok?