Pattern Emporium has done it again with another amazing pattern that I was honored to pattern test! This is the Carefree Cuffed Tee which was just released today (so you can get it at 15% off for the next week or so). This post is mostly gonna be photos because the top itself is pretty straight forward.
I made mine of a bamboo jersey from FabScrap that is super soft. I could sleep in it. It also has great drape as you can see in the photos.
I made the longest hem option because I wanted to wear it over leggings to work which I have have done. It’s really the best. I’m covered and comfortable. So I’m probably gonna make at least 3-5 more of these because after spending the last year in leggings while working from home, I’m not sure I can go back to regular pants. I mean, the jeans I wear are pretty close to leggings as is, but still. Leggings are so comfortable and it’s way more comfortable to slip my phone in their side pockets than in my jeans back pocket. Tthis lets me keep wearing them and be work appropriate and even fashionable!
I did the relaxed neckline because I’m not big on having things around my neck unless it’s an actual turtleneck. But there is a higher neckline if that’s your thing. The neckline is bound using the same method as the Tank Dress: 3-Ways which is just a great way to bind the neckline. Probably one of my favorite finishes. I like to finish mine off with my coverstitch machine. It gives a very smooth but ready-to-wear finish. It does make it a bit thicker but in a way that gives it visual weight not really anything you feel, especially in drapey fabrics like this.
As the name states, the armholes are cuffed. There are 2 options for this, a twisted cuff and the plain cuff which is what I did. For drapey fabrics, the plain cuff seemed to work better, but at some point I’d like to try the twisted cuff as well. Maybe on one of my next makes.
I made a size 6 though I measure at a size 8. As you can see from the goofy photo above, this is definitely a loose fit tee, so you may want to consider sizing down depending on the fit you like. But that looseness is also what I love about it. There really isn’t much to worry about with fitting for this one. It’s only 4 pieces (back, front, cuff, neckband) so it goes together super quick. It would be a top contender if I were ever going to teach a basic knit top class.
I finished off the hem with my coverstitch machine which other than needing to swap spools since I apparently didn’t have enough red thread, was quite fast. I didn’t feel the need to use any stabilizer in the hem, but you could if your fabric was on the thin side.
And that’s really about it. Great staple wardrobe pattern. Grab it on sale for the next week and thank me later!