Pattern Review: StyleArc Alannah Tee Shirt

Pattern Description: (from StyleArc’s website) This is the T-shirt everyone is looking for, not too tight no [sic] too loose. A great basic to wear will [sic] all outfits.

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10

Available as a PDF? Yes, Here

Fabric Used: Blooming Branches ITY from Gorgeous Fabrics. I put it up Thursday; it sold out Friday, sorry. But Click Here for other ITY jerseys that would work well.

Machines and Tools Used: Juki 654DE serger, Pfaff 2130, Naomi the Naomoto

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, scrap of fusible interfacing, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: How to Flat Set a Sleeve, Anything by The Pressinatrix, Get More Mileage from your Fabric.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? I didn’t use them. This is a basic tee shirt and I can sew it in my sleep. That said, I did take a look at them and they looked typical StyleArc. Fine for anyone with any sewing experience.

Construction Notes: I fused scraps of interfacing at the back shoulder seam to keep it from stretching. I used my serger for the side seams and for attaching the neckline band. I edge stitched the neckline to keep the band laying flat. For that I used a .5mm wide by 3mm long zigzag.

Here you can see the edge stitching at the neckline.

I used that same stitch length/width for the hems. I didn’t need to do a FBA on this. It’s relatively loose fitting.

Likes/Dislikes: This is a basic tee pattern. It seems like there are a bazillion of these coming out of the indie pattern companies these days. I think this one was a free-with-purchase from StyleArc a few months ago. I like the shoulder sizing and the shape. It could be a little more fitted, but I made it straight for the first version. No dislikes.

One thing I really like about most of StyleArc’s patterns, including this one, is that they give you whole pattern pieces so you can easily do a single-layer layout for print placement and economizing on your fabric.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. This pattern is very well drafted, and it went together, from start to finish, in just over an hour. It’s great for using up small quantities of fabric, and it is a classic shape.

Conclusion: Another winner from StyleArc! Here are pictures on Shelley. This is a little lightweight for the weather right now, but I’m sure I’ll get some pictures on me when it is warm enough.



Happy sewing!

14 thoughts on “Pattern Review: StyleArc Alannah Tee Shirt”

  1. Bonnie says:

    This is one beautiful top! Great job. I love it!

  2. Cheryll says:

    You can make a simple t shirt look elegant with just the right fabric choice! I have never used a pattern from this company but everyone who reviews them seems to have positive things to say. Thank you for this.

  3. Denny says:

    Alas, I received the StyeArc Kendall pattern recently and your comment “One thing I really like about most of StyleArc’s patterns, including this one, is that they give you whole pattern pieces so you can easily do a single-layer layout for print placement and economizing on your fabric.” does not apply to this Kendall pattern. I was bitterly disappointed in the change of printing and had to re draft. I really hope SyleArc are not reverting to this method because I also really liked whole pattern pieces and that was the major attraction of purchasing from this company instead of the other major players.

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Oh that is disappointing, Denny! I really like full pattern pieces because they give me more control over placement. I ordered this pattern in January of 2015, so they must have changed it since then.

  4. angel says:

    That fabric is a beaut, Ann! I hope you order more. Nice shirt.

  5. Connie Schurtz says:

    Is this a multi size pattern? Also is it available in tissue pattern?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      If you click on the pattern picture it takes you to StyleArc’s website, where you can order the hardcopy pattern. I believe the hardcopies are single-sized. The downloadable patterns are multisized.

  6. Janet Malwitz says:

    What a great tee. Love the fabric — sad to read it’s sold out. “He who hesitates…”
    Thanks for the review.

  7. Dara says:

    Very Cute, Ann!

  8. Abbey says:

    Just lovely! This really looks like the perfect basic t-shirt; I can’t believe I didn’t see this pattern before now, but thank you for giving it a boost!

  9. Helen M says:

    I love this pattern! I made 4 last summer and also lengthened it to a midi length T shirt dress by morphing a New Look maxi skirt pattern piece to the top just below the waist. It was a huge success! Would have made it a maxi dress but was short on fabric.

  10. Wendy says:

    Tee shirt patterns that come with only a short sleeve make me cranky. I know it’s easy to add a longer sleeve, and the length usually has to be altered, but wouldn’t it be easier to shorten a long sleeve (or put a shorter cutting line option) than vice versa?

    But your shirt is great.

  11. Lynda says:

    Does this pattern work for forward shoulders or do you still have to make the adjustment to the pattern. Thank you!

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I haven’t made a forward shoulder adjustment on this, Lynda. I haven’t found it necessary, but that’s just me. YMMV

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