Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee: FREE DIY T Shirt Sewing Pattern

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Hello Readers,

This is (another striped!) T shirt I whipped up yesterday using this FREE pattern from those lovely ladies down under at Tessuti. It’s made using some cotton (?) jersey from my stash, which doesn’t have much stretch, but this one-size-fits-all pattern seems to work.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

There’s not much to say about this pattern, other than, TRY IT!! There are three pieces to the T shirt and I love the boat neck detail. There is minimal construction; the neck edges, sleeve and lower hems are turned and stitched using a twin stretch needle, and the rest was constructed on my overlocker. The pattern comes with full instructions, with photographs of each step. What more could you want?!

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

I added 3 inches to the length. I was dubious of the one-size-fits-all theory, but if you have any doubts, check your measurements against the flat pattern measurements first.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

One last thing, the instructions advise you to use a 2.75 twin stretch needle; I only had a 2.5. I found placing the folded over edge against my 4/8ths inch marking on my machine and using the 2.5 needle gave just about perfect results.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Last year I had success in the Tessuti Gridlock contest, and they have just announced details of their Jaywalk contest for this year. It’s completely different fabric, but I think I will have a go. Anyone else contemplating throwing their hat in?

Have a great Easter everyone!

p.s. Thanks to my sister for the photography today!

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

9 thoughts on “Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee: FREE DIY T Shirt Sewing Pattern

  1. This looks so good. I love this pattern (not just because it’s free)! It looks so good in stripes. I made one without the sleeves and just took in the side seams a little and it’s the most perfect kimono tee.

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