I made a 1/2-inch shoulder slope adjustment and a 1-inch swayback adjustment to my t-shirt pattern. After checking it and learning how to make a v-neck with the rest of my lizard fabric, I felt confident enough to cut into my paisley birthday fabric.
Learning from my first experience with underlining, I sewed my fabric and underlining right sides together with a scant ¼-inch seam allowance and turned right sides out. I left the hems free, but I think next time I will sew the hems, too and leave just enough open to turn.
I like the way the shirt looks with few exposed edges. Only the hem and sleeves have the edges exposed. If I could figure out how to conceal the sleeve-to-shoulder seam allowance, I could make reversible clothes.
I planned to put a neckline binding on, like in the other t-shirts, but after looking at the shirt, I left it off. Because the raw edges are hidden between the fabric and underlining, there's no reason for the binding unless things start to stretch out. Since my seam allowance is so small, this may be a bad idea, but three washing later, things are still holding up.
This fabric was slippery and felt like strong hosiery fabric. It was a little difficult to work with, but not overly frustrating. I think some of my trouble was from trying to keep the seamed edge of the fabric and underlining in the proper place. This fabric can't be ironed and I wasn't interested in taking the time to top stitch everything in place.
Because the fabric is so stretchy, I used a ribbon on the shoulder seams. I had to gather the sleeves to fit them into the armhole. With some fabrics and this pattern the sleeves fit perfectly and with some I have to gather or pleat. I never know what will happen until I start putting things together.
This shirt seems to fit a little tighter than others with the same pattern. I guess it has something to do with the fabric? It's not too tight for work, and I like the slightly more fitted silhouette. After wearing is a few times, I love this shirt! It is comfortable enough that I would wear it on those days when all I want to do is sleep, but I have to go to work. I wish I had more of this fabric and in more colors or patterns.