You'd be forgiven for thinking that anyone who makes many of their own clothes spends their life in a series of dresses and beautiful shoes. The reality is that my day job involves a work t shirt, hoodie and Nike air dry track pants and when I come home from work, especially in colder weather, I change into jersey tops and skirts or yoga pants. I have a few Uniqlo tops with a boat neck shape that work well for me and I wanted to replicate the same neck line. I think I've cracked it.
This is the much used and loved Meg McElwee scoop neck long sleeve T from her Cratsy Sewing with Knits Class I've mentioned this class many times here. It is frequently on offer in the Craftsy sales and promo emails and I love the fit. The simple shape makes it a great base for other knit styles and I have the confidence now to play with it a little. I redrew the pattern and redrew the neck on the front and back with a ¼" seam allowance to turn for the neck edge.
The back shoulders have knit stay tape pressed on to stop any stretching before the shoulder seams are overlocked. I use my overlocker for all the seams and my usual sewing machine with a twin needle for all the hems. I took a lot of care sewing the neck as I didn't want it to stretch out of shape. The fabric is quite thick so I lowered my foot pressure to 1 (the highest is 7) when sewing the hem with the twin needle and used a long stitch. I have some tips on hemming knits here.
I softened the lower hem with a little inward curve at the side seams. The only way to match the stripes is to pin every stripe. I use Prym ballpoint pins.
Hurrah for a winter basics! Inevitably, more are planned.