Wearing the Austin Tee

I truly love this pattern!  I am not sure why I waited so long to try it. Now that I have, there will be more.

I purchased this pattern in 2017.  I liked the look of the tee and the variations offered.   Because of the Pattern Stash contest on Pattern Review, I was motivated to try it.  So glad I did.

It is a well-drafted pattern.  The challenge for me was what size to use.  I am so used to indie patterns running large on me in the upper chest area, so I started with a medium.  After pin fitting this, I knew it was going to be too small.  The instructions say to decide your size based on upper bust measurement, which put me in a large. Again I thought that would be too large as I normally go with medium or 12/14 in Big 4.  Come to find out that it was the right size.

I made a 1 1/2 inch FBA and tried a different method that I normally do which did not work so well and made the shoulder width to wide.  So I retraced the front pattern piece and used my usual method.   Other adjustments were swayback and trimming the armscye area to a medium.  I also added length to the tie piece as sometimes they are too short.  I think I may have overdone this.

The tie is shown in the middle of the top and instructions say to put it where you want it, so I moved it more to the side than keeping in the front, maybe next time I will put it there.

My only tweak to the finished pattern is that I will shave off about 3/8 to 1/2 inch on the shoulder width next time.

Without further ado, pictures of me wearing this with shorts yesterday.  Our temperatures were in the upper 70's again, perfect for voting weather. I ended up not wearing the top as the long sleeves would have been to warm for me yesterday.

The fabric is so soft and buttery.  Washes great and no pilling. 

Next up is a Vogue 1522; I am making the top from this pattern.


  1. What a great top! I love the ties on it, and I am glad you were able to work out your correct size.

  2. Such a Lovely top Linda! and I love that beautiful fabric! Lucky you :-)

  3. I love it! That print is so nice.

    Ooooh I love that Vogue top. What fabric are you using for it?

    1. Thank you. I am going to use a rayon challis fabric from Fabric Mart. I would love to have a fabric that looks similar to the one on the model. I was trying to find a photo of the fabric to post with this.

  4. What a pretty top! And it looks great on you!


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