One of my favorite parts of pattern testing is sharing newly released patterns with you. And this time is no different, I’m pleased to share with you the Skiff Tee by Jennuine Design*.
The Skiff Tee is a fun nod to the seaman’s Breton sweaters of France. The basic shape is a wide bateau neckline and slim fit silhouette with straight or vented hems, There is also options for colorblocking the bodice as well as the sleeves! The shoulder seam is eliminated on the blocked pieces for a unique yoke style, and there is an optional chest pocket built into the front seam. A separate patch pocket is offered for the plain tee.
I love, love, LOVE all the options for this top! You can choose from plain or colorblock bodice, no pocket or pocket (hidden or patch), solid or colorblock sleeve, short or long sleeve, straight or vented hem. You know I love colorblocking, especially for kids because you can mix and match any combination of solids and prints for a fun, unique shirt. The wide neckband is a nice departure from a typical crew neck.
I made two versions of this tee, the basic tee and this color-blocked tee with all the bells and whistles. Typically during pattern testing I sew the simplest version of a pattern for fit testing before sewing my chosen view. Thankfully a straight size 10 (the size that matches Miss Socialites measurements) fit perfectly so I went ahead and whipped up the color blocked vented hem version including the hidden pocket and colorblocked long sleeve.
The construction of the color-blocked tee was a little different than I’m used to since the top yoke is one piece which includes the front and back. This was not a problem because the instructions were very clear, despite the many options, as were the illustrations.
Jennifer recommends light to medium weight knits with at least 25% stretch (think jersey, ponte, french terry). I used a solid blue and B&W striped ponte from Fabric Mart. Both pieces were left over from other projects. Yay! I’m sewing down my stash. I definitely think this pattern is a great way to reduce your knit scrap fabric file and I plan on making several more.
Go ahead and grab your ASAP (here)*. It is on sale thru February 7th for just $5 no code needed. AND as a special bonus you can save 25% on any of Jennuine Designs Pattern using the code SKIFFRELEASE.
Pattern: Jennuine Design Skiff Tee
Pattern Description: Boat neck tee with solid and color-blocking options as well as sleeve, hem and pocket options.
Sizing: Newborn – 12 I sewed a 10
Difficulty: 1/beginner – 2/easy depending the view
Fabric Used: Blue Ponte and B&W Stripe Ponte from Fabric Mart
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very
Likes: Wide neck, all of the hem, sleeve and bodice options.
Dislikes: None, the armholes could be a smidgen lower
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: none
Would I sew it again? Yes, I’m going to pair some fabric scraps with solids or other patterns.
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely
Conclusion: Very versatile tee pattern.
*Please note that this link is an affliate link, but that that has no bearing on my review. I was provided this pattern for free in return for my feedback as a pattern tester.