Equinox Tee (Printed Pattern)
The Equinox Tee (Pattern #204) is a reinvention of a classic 60’s tee. Pair with your fave jeans whilst channelling today’s Jane Birkin.
The neckline is widened to a subtle boat neck leading into a dropped shoulder with bold, round sleeve caps. Skimming over the bust and dropping straight to high hip with no waist shaping. A slightly cropped body length with subtle curved hem line finishing just below the high hip.
The two sleeve options include the classic cap with a generous hem width, or a very cute bell flare, landing at bracelet length. Giving an easy to wear basic a unique edge. This will be high rotation, wardrobe favourite.
This is second style for a series of patterns with printless instructions. The blog hosts a set of linked, photo rich, instructions on how to make a Tee-Shirt from 'What stitch to choose' to 'Inserting a knit neck band'. Not only do we get to save paper but this series all come at a lower price point. Start with Tee-Shirt Construction.
Two neck band options;
Narrow & Crew.
Note that a Rib Knit contrast is required for the Crew option.
Two sleeve lengths;
Cap & Bracelet.
One body length;
High Hip - The pattern finished length is on the pattern. If your high hip is lower or higher alteration is very simple.
The Equinox tee suits basic cotton knits, interlock, "rugby knit", merino knit, fleece and french terry are all suitable.
Keep Lycra / Elastane to a minimum 5% or less. Too much stretch makes for a stiff neck band.
Ponti weights or viscose, silk, linen super drapey knits aren't suited for this pattern.
Cap sleeve option;
Fabric Width - 200 cm x 70 cm
Fabric Width - 150 cm x 90 cm
Fabric Width - 120 cm x 130 cm
Bell sleeve option;
Fabric Width - 200 cm x 120 cm
Fabric Width - 150 cm x 130 cm
Fabric Width - 120 cm x 130 cm
- Ball point / Stretch, sewing machine needles.
- Vilene bias stay tape.
- Matching thread.
- Wooly Nylon thread and/or twin needles.
Knit sewing kits are available here
Beginner - Intermediate.
The body of our Step by Step instructions on Sewing Knit Tee's is available on the blog Technique Fantastique - Here
The Equinox Tee a multisized pattern from size 6 -18 based on Australian sizing.
Our sizing system sometimes goes up to an 18 for different styles, the size ranges are defined by what we can currently test for not by what we think is beautiful.
Pattern Fantastique patterns are currently available in PDF format. This means we can email them to you where ever you are in the world! No shipping, just the magic of cyber space.
When you purchase a pattern, we'll email you two PDFs in a zip file: a pattern and an instruction booklet.
To assemble the PDF into your sewing pattern, print and tape the pages together, like the easiest jigsaw you have ever made. We have little maps (circled in pink below) on each page to illustrate the order.
Our core sizes are 8-16, although we add sizes 6 and 18 to free fitting styles. These are noted in the product descriptions.
The pattern instructions have detailed notes on how to choose the best size for you.
Shoulder to shoulder
|HPS* to knee||107||108.5||110||111.5||113||114.5||116|
|HPS to hip||67.4||68.2||70||70.8||71.6||72.4||73.2|
|HPS to waist||42||42.5||43||43.5||44||44.5||45|
Hip: widest part of hip.
High hip: where a hipster waist band would sit.
Shoulder: the bony point of shoulder.
HPS: highest point of shoulder, where shoulder and neck seams join.
Top arm & Thigh: the widest part of the limb.
Most PDF applications will do some sort of resizing when you print your pattern, so you'll need to check the settings before printing to make sure you're printing the pattern to scale. We recommend using Adobe reader we have found it keep all the lines in place the best. its free and you can download it here.
Checking printer settings
In your printer settings dialogue:
- Select the 1st page only for a scale test
- Paper size should be A4
- Under Page Sizing & Handling, check "Actual size"
Measure the test page
Use a ruler to check the measurements of the box on the first page of the pattern. It should be 4cm wide and 2cm high.