Laela Jeyne Patterns just released their new Emily T-shirt. This super functional pattern is chock full of options. 3 neck lines, a hood, 3 sleeve lengths, 3 elbow patch shapes, accent panels, and 2 cuff options mean that anyone can sew their perfect t-shirt from this pattern. Did I mention the wide size range (XS-XXL, or 0-22) and the optional maternity add-on?
I had the pleasure of testing the maternity add-on (SURPRISE!).
I love the thumb cuffs on this shirt. I have other shirts with thumb cuffs that just aren’t comfortable to use. These sit in just the perfect spot. I did find this option to be the trickiest part of construction, but that could be chalked up to mommy-brain. Once I slowed down and realized that my bobbin thread wasn’t catching, I was good to go.
I don’t typically like having anything up around my neck, but using the scoop neck cutting line for the cowl neck leaves plenty of space to keep me from feeling choked. If you prefer a slightly higher neckline, the jewel neck with or without the hood option might be for you.
I chose to sew up the long sleeves because I really wanted to try out the thumb cuffs and elbow patches. Long sleeves aren’t super practical for Florida, so I think I will try out the elbow length sleeves next. I love that there is a cuff option for the shorter sleeve lengths as well. I’m not a huge fan of hemming, so cuffs make me happy.
I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into with the maternity add-on. This is the first maternity sew I’ve ever done. I was pleasantly surprised with the simplicity of the technique. This pattern is a great opportunity for a new mama-to-be to build up her confidence before tackling all of those tiny little baby clothes she’s dying to start. I’m sure it will be a staple in my maternity wardrobe over the next 6 months.
You can find the Emily T-shirt pattern here and the maternity add-on here. They are currently on sale for $6 and $2, respectively, through Friday, February 26th. The prices will then go up to $9 and $4 respectively.
All other patterns in the Laela Jeyne Pattern shop are 30% off until Friday, February 26th.