A few months ago in Stitches magazine there was and advertisement for Style Arc's Ann T shirt pattern as a free download. Beauty! I needed some winter tops so this week I got around to printing the pattern out, taping it up and having a go. The print out for size14 (my usual big 4 Size) looked way too big so I printed out the size 12. It still looked roomy and did turn out a bit big.
Style Arc Ann T-Top
The pattern is a basic T shirt with gathers up the sides of the body, which I omitted. I shortened the front to match the back then shortened all the pieces because they were absurdly long on me, even the sleeves. I cut some length off then cut a bit more then tried the top on and then serged inside the side and arm seams allowances again. By the way the pattern has half centimetre seam allowances.
By this time I was having an alternate universe moment. Had I shrunk in the wash?
No, if anything I am carrying a bit of weight around my middle. Had I printed it out to scale? Yes the measure square was perfect. Did any of the existing reviews on Pattern Review Pattern Reviews for Ann T-Top say it was enormous? Was it my fabric? No, it is a nice moderate weight stable knit. It must just be a relaxed fit, but that is ok for winter Tees.
I forgot to mention I raised the front neckline halfway up the scoop. I cut a much shorter neck band to my formula which is the measurement of your final neckline minus 6 or 7cm depending on how snuggly you want it to sit. The original neckband pattern piece was very long, even for a scoop! If you make this pattern flat measure everything first.
The Style Arc instructions are basically just an order of construction, but what is there makes sense - unlike Burdastyle instructions.
Style Arc Ann T
The fabric was a bargain at My Hung in Cabramatta. There are about six material shops all within walking distance of one another. The quality of material is hit and miss but I got lucky with this one. It still felt beautiful after I pre-washed it.
Back to the pattern. It's worth making even though it is nowhere near as fitted as the line drawings. I already have a black T shirt almost finished and it's nearly the look I am after. It just occurred to me I should have narrowed shoulders a bit to my true shoulder line. I'll have to do one more from my newly acquired knit fabric stash and keep tweaking till I'm happy and have a 'Ann' TNT.
Edited to add the new black version. I've done a Pattern Review of Style Arc Ann-T Top
As an aside, I took out NL6735, a very fitted T-shirt which I've made before and the main difference in the way these two sit, apart from the body shaping at the sides and CB, is in the sleeves. NL reviewed here has much snugger sleeves which are cut higher at the armpit. The Ann T is looser through the shoulder and sleeve. Both patterns are good but result in a different 'hang'.
You can paint stripes on a horse but it doesn't turn it into a zebra - something like that. Duh.