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New Pattern Release - The Emmie Tee

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Let your design star shine! Pair any number of fabric combinations together for a unique and truely outrageous Emmie Tee.

It's time to channel your inner Jem & the Holograms fan girl (or maybe you're more of a Misfit?) - let me introduce you to the first brand new JLH Pattern for the year, the Emmie Tee!

The Emmie Tee is available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ 6 to 34.

The Details

The Emmie Tee comes complete with two bodice variations - plain or slashed, as well as two different bodice lengths and a long sleeve pattern piece for those of us heading into the cooler months.

View 1 is ready to tackle your knit fabric scrap pile by combining the classic 80s slashed and pieced bodice with grown-on sleeves and a rounded neckline. The fabric combinations you can put together are endless - go for full rainbow, neutral colour-block or pattern clash perfection. You can even keep your top more subtle by using the same plain fabric for all pieces and letting the design lines sing for themselves.

If a classic t-shirt is more up your street, there's also a cut-on-the-fold front bodice (View 2), making construction even quicker and simpler for those just starting on their knit-fabric sewing adventure.

With a more relaxed fit through the bodice and a very gentle dropped shoulder/grown-on sleeve, both views include cut lines for a classic length t-shirt bodice as well as a long-line hem length.

Then, depending on your season, keep the cuffed grown-on short sleeves or use the ease Turn & Hem long-sleeved pattern piece for year-round comfort.

Multiple Cup Sizes - A to F

The Emmie Tee includes both the Original and Curve sizes, spanning from a 6A/B cup all the way up to a 34E/F cup.

Depending on the size range you choose and your cup size, Emmie can have zero to positive ease at the bust, along with positive ease through the waist. A lightly shaped but relaxed t-shirt, Emmie looks great tucked into bottoms or worn out.

Included in the instructions are a detailed set of Finished Garment Measurements, meaning you're able to compare these to a similar garment that you currently like the fit of, or know you want to adjust. This takes much of the guess work out of making Emmie, before you've even cut anything out.

Annabel wear a Curve 24C/D cup, graded to a 26 waist and hip. Jen wears a 10C cup  - you can read more about us on the pattern listing page.

Skill Level

Emmie is designed for knit-fabric beginners through to advanced seamstresses. If you've never sewn with knits before, Emmie is the perfect project to dip your toes into the wonderful world of knits.

Get creative with piecing together different knit fabrics or make the plain t-shirt - both are quick makes with techniques including sewing on a neckline binding, attaching cuffs to the short sleeves, and attaching long sleeves with hems.

Fabric Suggestions

Look for light to medium weight fabrics (around 180GSM). Fabric should have good stretched across the grain, approximately 40% with good recovery. Cotton/elastane (spandex/lycra) blends are the best choice for a breathable and easy-care garment that is comfortable and fits well.

All variations can be made with the same fabric as the body, or rummage in your knit-stash for contrasting colour and pattern blocking potential.

If using multiple fabrics, try to keep these the same weight and composition for a uniformly finished tee.


Do you follow me on Instagram?

I've also posted some Reels on choosing your JLH Cup size and the importance of choosing the right High Bust size for a great fit in the upper bodice.

If you're not following along already, you can find me here.

And while you're at it, when sharing your JLH makes to the 'gram, tag me or use the hashtags #JLHEmmie, #SewJLH or #JLHCurve so I can see and share them too.

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