Tee of the Month Club: February’s Ace Top.

Where are my beret and bongos? Am I late for the poetry reading? What’s happening? I don’t know. I only know that I love this Seamwork Ace.

I know you can’t see any details in this slightly blurry photo of a black t-shirt, but this is probably the easiest t-shirt I’ve ever sewn. There are only three pattern pieces and no fussy neckband — this is a perfect beginner’s pattern, and I wish I had started sewing knits with something like this.

This is a 14 graded just a bit past 16 at the upper hip. I completely changed the waist shaping, shortened the body a little, and shortened the sleeves a lot, as the Seamwork fit model is notoriously tall, and I’m notoriously, um, not-tall. I’m 92% satisfied with the finished result and only regret that I was too lazy to make a small FBA, as I do get some stress lines at the bust. Maybe next time — and there will be a “next time.” The funnel neck is delicious in this cotton-spandex (I think it’s Robert Kaufman Laguna jersey), just structured enough to stand up while still being drapey enough to look right. This top is an ideal blend of elegance and casualness, like aspirational “dress like you’re in a classic Meg Ryan rom-com” stuff.

I highly recommend this pattern.

Approximate cost: $3.00 for the pattern (the equivalent of one Seamwork credit with my membership) and $22.07 for the fabric, purchased long ago on Fabric.com.

Time spent: Approximately 3 hours. The sewing itself took less than two episodes of “Stargate”!

Rating: 5 stars