It’s been 6 years since I sewed this Cashmerette Concord! That makes it one of the longest lasting pieces in my wardrobe, and worthy of celebration!
I was a tester for this pattern back in the first year of Cashmerette’s life, and according to my notes I sewed this in a size 14 C/D, graded to size 16 at the waist and hips. My review of the tester version says that it is quite slim-fitting… which is hilarious to me since I’m now 4-5″ bigger in every measurement and somehow it still fits on my body! Obviously, it is tighter now, and I only wear it under boxy jackets or as pyjamas because the rayon is pilled and worn.
I’ve made so many variations of the Concord over the years:
- Pattern Testing
- Concord Dress #1 (with a ruffled hem)
- Concord Dress #2 (tunic with shaped hem)
- Concord Dress #3 (faux-wrap bodice hack)
- Flowers, Stripes and Sisters
- Concord Cardigan
- Windowpane Concord Dress
- Summer Sweaters (Concord Hacks)
- and some unblogged stripey versions in my Cashmerette Round-Up!
Since Concord is such a classic pattern, I decided it was well worth reprinting in my current size: 20/22 C/D. It’s interesting to see them side by side, isn’t it? The new one in paisley print is a double-brushed poly, so it has slightly less soft stretch than the rayon stripes. I can see that it’s longer because the fabric isn’t being stretched so much and the hem sits more levally. My boobs, butt and belly aren’t fighting for space as much either! I really should do a full-booty adjustment on all Cashmerette patterns, but I don’t really care if my t-shirt has some folds where it rides up in the small of my back.
Lots of more recent t-shirt patterns have dropped shoulders, and in the past year they are also increasingly boxy and cropped. Concord is by contrast very traditional, with sleeve seams that sit right on the edge of the shoulder and a seam that is shaped at the waist. For me it is a perfect layering t-shirt for under sweaters, cardigans, or (if I wore them) overalls/dungarees.
My next post is also going to feature a Cashmerette pattern side-by-side with the new Helen’s Closet sweatshirt! The patterns aren’t similar, but I made them with the same fabric. I’ve been holding on for Closet Core Patterns to release their new sweatshirt, but 2 weeks later, I give up! I”m also sewing up a Just Pattern boxy tee in the same rayon fabric as I used for this striped Concord all those years ago, so maybe that will be a comparison too. What can I say, the slower I sew, the more time I have to reflect and compare!