As summer is fast approaching, my daughter is in desperate need of some new t-shirts. Personally, I’m not always a fan of a basic, boxy tee on girls, so I was excited to discover the Vintage V-Neck pattern that Melissa offers in her shop.
What makes the Vintage V-Neck pattern special is that the pattern includes pieces and instructions on how to achieve both a girl or boy look by adding some simple details.
While a v-neck shirt is stylish on both genders, I tend to find them most appealing on a female. Add the gathers at the cap and hem of the sleeve and you automatically give this top a sweet, feminie flair.
To give the shirt a more girly touch, I added some slight ruching at the side seams near the hem.
All you do to create the ruching is take a 4″ long piece of narrow elastic, and starting at the stitch line of the hem, sew the elastic in place while stretching the elastic and not the fabric. When you release the elastic, the fabric slightly gathers.
Since Ella prefers to wear her shirt untucked, this gathering at the sides creates a faux curved hemline which helps add interest to the shirt at the hip and waist areas.
Being unfamiliar with the techniques of sewing a v-neck knit shirt, I was slightly intimidated at first; however, using the pattern instructions and referencing this terrific video by Melly Sews on How to Sew a V-Neck T-Shirt, I had no problem at all with successfully sewing the v-neck band on this shirt on my first try! Yipee!
The Vintage V-Neck shirt is a great fit on Ella and has the perfect ease to give her freedom of motion when running, climbing, and playing. Plus, it was so easy and satisfying to sew! Ella has already asked me to make her a second shirt, and this is one pattern that I’m happy to sew again and again!
Have FUN sewing!