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Union St Tee

I have SO many tee patterns.  Some for summer, some for winter, some for layering, others to be worn alone.  They all vary a little bit in cut and in fit.  You really would think that I would have settled on a few favourites by now – and actually, I do have a few favourites – but I continue to try new ones.

Hey June Patterns Union St Tee in remnants

This one is the Hey June Handmade Union St Tee. This appears to be a very popular pattern – I’ve seen it a lot on blogs and instagram. And now that I’ve sewn it, I think that it is popular with good reason.

Hey June Patterns Union St Tee in remnants

I have a feeling that I sewed the size large, but it could have been a medium. I usually choose my size based on finished measurements. This tee is loose through the mid-section (hooray!) so I presume that I was only interested in fitting shoulders/neck and bust. There is every chance that I cut size medium through the shoulders and neckline then size large through the body – I often blend sizes that way.  I cut the regular front, but there is a full bust option.  The pattern ranges in size from XXS to 3XL, which I think is rather impressive!

Hey June Patterns Union St Tee in remnants

The fabrics are scraps from stash. I can’t really remember where either one came from, although I think that the textured body knit was from Darn Cheap Fabrics. The sleeves are cut from a soft mesh-like knit. I decided to finish the sleeves with cuffs cut from the body fabric. The hem and neckline are secured with a twin needle, and the rest of the construction was on the overlocker.

Hey June Patterns Union St Tee in remnants

This is a tee that I think works nicely on my shape. I chose the scooped neckline version, but the pattern also has a V and a crew neckline option. From the pattern website: The Union St. Tee is a great wardrobe basic to have in your pattern stash.  It comes with the option for a v-neck, scoop neck, or crew neck, and has four sleeve lengths included – short, elbow, 3/4, and long.  There is an optional chest pocket and a separate front piece that has been adjusted for a full bust (FBA).

The Union St. Tee is incredibly versatile depending on what options you choose, your fabric, and any embellishments you choose to add.  Embroider, applique, screen print, stencil, dye, sequin – this tee is a perfect blank slate for anything you can dream up.

The measurement chart and the instructions in the pattern will show you how to measure your high bust to pick your correct size and determine if you need the full bust adjustment.  Because the Union St. Tee starts at size XXS, it is suitable for tweens – adults.

The Union St. Tee pattern works well with cotton and cotton blend jerseys, as well as rib knit, interlock, waffle knit, rayon lycra, or even stretch lace!  Anything with a stretch of at least 30% will work, but 50 – 100% stretch is best.  Just remember – the smaller the stretch percentage, the more fitted your shirt will be, so plan accordingly.

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As usual, I used the method from Gillian’s tutorial to get the neckband length right so that it sits flat. I find this an almost foolproof way to attach knit neckbands, especially those cut from the same fabric as the rest of the tee.  It works especially well with necklines that have a fair bit of scoop at the front in comparison to the back – it distributes the stretch better than just quartering and pinning both the neckline and the neckband.

Hey June Patterns Union St Tee in remnants

I will mostly be wearing this as a layering piece. The green tinged yellow works well with many of the other garments in my wardrobe. Another great tee pattern to add to the arsenal! And yes, I’ve had a change of hair style with a red refresh as well. I’m really enjoying the shorter look!

2 thoughts on “Union St Tee

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for all your newsy mails, I look forward to seeing what you’re up to. Inspirational, as I can be a slug at times. And the new hair do takes years off you. Well done! Carole in the UK

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