Hello everyone! Andie from Sew Pretty in Pink here. Today I am reviewing the Cashmerette Patterns Concord T-Shirt. I am a pattern tester for Cashmerette, but I can assure you all my opinions are my own.
I’ve been on the hunt for a good t-shirt pattern for a while. For the fuller figure, there is actually not a lot of options for t-shirts. I found a few that were kind of underwhelming in terms of fit and other that I had to grade up. I can be somewhat picky when it comes to t-shirts, but the truth is that there just are not a lot of options for large busted plus sized women for nicely fitted t-shirts. I certainly haven’t found one that has cup sizing.
When Jenny sent off the information for the Concord t-shirt, I was pretty excited. The great thing about the Concord is all the options: hem length can be cropped, mid, or long curved, sleeve length can be short, 3/4 length, or long (plus the short or 3/4 length can have sleeve tabs and all lengths can either be hemmed or have sleeve bands), and, finally, the neckline can be high, scoop, or v-neck. You get one pattern with a ton of options in it and that is my dream t-shirt.
The Concord t-shirt includes cup sizes C/D, E/F, G/H and can fit women from 40 inch bust / 32 inch waist / 42 inch hip to 58 inch bust / 48 inch waist / 58 inch hip. It’s meant to have negative ease across the bust and skim the hips with a bit of positive ease.
My measurements are 51 inch bust / 46 inch waist / 56 inch hips. I chose to make a size 22 C/D graded to a size 26 at the hips for my tester version and then for my others I used the G/H cup size due to some wrinkles at the arm above the bust. I could have just graded to a 24 or left it at a 22, but I like it pretty loose around the hips.
For my two tester versions, I used the scoop neck and 3/4 length sleeves. One version was mid-length and the other the long curved hem.
I love my test versions. I even made my mom a Concord t-shirt for her birthday in March using the tester pattern:
I made her a straight size 16 C/D with a scopped neck and a longer short sleeve since she likes to have her upper arms covered. I made it in her favourite colour. Like mother, like daughter! 😉 I wish I had saved some of this gorgeous pink material for myself, but I’m sure I will be able to get some more.
Once Jenny sent me the final version, I knew I was going to make up several different ones. I chose to make the larger G/H cup size to get an even better fit and still grade up at the hips.
I made two with the long curved hem and a v-neck. On the left, is the 3/4 length sleeve with tabs. On the right is a long sleeve with a band. Of note, the printed fabric is a mid-weight rayon jersey and is quite weighed down. It was difficult to sew with and resulted in some waviness in the hem as well as a lower hem than the shirt on the right. My sewing machine seems to hate mid-weight rayon jersey for some reason. The rest of the fabric I used is a lightweight poly rayon spandex jersey and is my preferred material for tops. It’s a dream to sew with.
For these two versions, I made short sleeves with bands. On the left, the sleeves have tabs and the neckline is high and, on the right, there is no sleeve tabs and the neckline is scooped. The right side shirt has a long curved hem. You probably guessed by now that is my favourite hem style in this shirt. It’s long enough to fit over the bum and never have to worry about it riding up. For reference, I am 5’4″ and short-waisted. On the left, the shirt is a cropped length but hits me just above my full hip. I can certainly shorten it to make it cropped.
Construction was easy. The curved hem is done before the sleeves and side seams. The neckline is actually the second thing you do after the shoulder seams. It makes it a lot easier doing it that order without all the rest of the bulk of the sleeves in the way. The sleeve tabs are sewn on to the sleeves before the sleeve is attached in the flat. Final steps are to sew a button through all the layers to permanently attach the tab. You could add a buttonhole to the sleeve tab, if you want.
Instructions are very easy to follow. The pattern is labeled as beginner and I think that fits. I mostly used my serger for constructing all the shirts, except for top stitching the curved hem or sewing the hems for sleeves or the bottom. The tabs are sewn on with a regular sewing machine and the v-neck is started with a regular sewing machine. I also topstitch all my neckbands down with a zig zag stitch. You can construct it entirely on a sewing machine if you don’t have a serger.
I love the fit of the shirt. I could maybe use a narrow shoulder adjustment like with any pattern, but I don’t mind where the shoulders sit on this top.
The pattern is already a TNT for me with six versions for myself..
Size Range (1-5): 5
Instructions (1-5): 5
Construction Process (1-5): 5
Final Fit (1-5): 5
Overall Rating (1-5): 5
I absolutely adore this pattern and have been waiting for a basic t-shirt with all of these options for a while. The size range is great and the cup sizing is a dream. You can see how the change in the cup sizes made the fit a lot better for me removing the wrinkling at the sleeve above the bust. A lot of people don’t want to bother with an FBA in a knit garment and, with the cup sizes, you are less likely to have to do one. I really love all the options in this t-shirt and think it offers a lot in a small package.