I was lucky to be asked to test the new t-shirt pattern Readytosew releases today. The pattern is aptly named Primo by the designer, Raphaëlle, and it is a great little pattern to add to your collection. It is fitted and comes with the option of short or 3/4 sleeves. The shoulders are narrow, and it has a wide scoop neckline. This is a basic top designed for tucking into high waisted bottoms. I’ve made two, and there will be more. They are sewn up in no time.
I think the difficult part when sewing t-shirts is to find the best combination of size and fabric. My test versions are in different sizes, but in reality they are almost the same because I added a bit of extra with to the smaller one.
My advice is to be careful when selecting your size. Remember to use a fabric with at least 50% stretch crosswise. If you don’t worry about your bra straps showing and are slim or very fit, the smaller size will work great for you. If you are a bit more soft in your body I recommend sizing up or choosing a forgiving fabric. There is a sew-along on the Readytosew website, and several ideas for hacking the pattern into dresses, fitted or with a gathered skirt, too. Great inspiration!
My first test version (not shown) was too small, so I added 2 cm across the back only to the next one, shown here in pink. The fabric is a very lightweight merino/tencel blend.
When I received the finished pattern I made another one in a cotton rib. It’s a lot stiffer than the merino jersey, but I love the result. This time I made the longer sleeve.
I’m sure I will find a lot of use for this pattern. It fills a void in my pattern collection for fitted tops to wear with highwaisted trousers and skirts. I particularly like the feminine neckline – so pretty!
Pink t-shirt: Merino tencel
Blue t-shirt: Cotton rib
You need about 1 m for the short sleeve and 1.2 m for the longer one. Both fabrics are from Metermeter.dk