LA BREA tee | tester round-up

Does the world really need another sewing pattern for a basic tee? LA BREA tee testers say "YES"! Especially when it's a tee that can be made in woven or knit fabric and has B- and D-cup options at every size. What I love most about this pattern is how endless the variations are with such a simple and basic pattern - embodying "simple design. big impact."

The LA BREA tee is the second pattern in my improved, more inclusive range, which is approximately a US 00 to 36, or a UK 4 to 40, fitting a full bust of 76cm to 160cm (30" to 63") and a full hip of 86cm to 170cm (33.75" to 67"). As I grade my patterns in 18 sizes, I simply call them size 1 - 18. The main issues found during testing round was some gaping at the neckline and too narrow of a bicep. In the final pattern, the neckline was dropped very slightly and the bicep at the higher end of the size range was increased. Keeping these issues in mind, I also included tips on adjusting these areas in the instruction booklet. 

The group of women who come together to test my patterns are such sewing powerhouses and create an incredibly supportive atmosphere together. I am touched by their warmth and constructive critique each and every time. Here are a few things said by testers:

"I wanted to tell you what fun this has been to test LaBrea with all of you! I have learned a ton and really like this closed Facebook group model of testing and learning."

"I am honestly blown away by how nicely it fits in the bust—only because I have tried several times before to make woven tops with dolman style sleeves, and I have never had this good of fit for my D cup bust and larger than average biceps (which vary from 21 to 22 inches)"

Regarding future sewing plans, from the tester who has already made four(!!) LA BREA tees, "Three more French Terry and two Ponti are cut and ready to sew. Then I move on to the lace ones. Later the cotton, stretch cotton and chiffon."

 

Aaronica | @needleandthebelle

Aaronica @needleandthebelle LA BREA tee tester

 

Allee | @alleedew_sews

Allison @alleedew_sews LA BREA tee tester

 

Anne | @sewanemone

Anne @sewanemone LA BREA tee tester

 

Caitlin

Caitlin LA BREA tee tester

 

Daphne | @summershesews

Daphne @summershesews LA BREA tee tester

 

Debbie

Debbie LA BREA tee tester

 

Eleonora@io_e_carlotta

Eleonora @io_e_carlotta LA BREA tee tester

 

Gerda | @three_eight_cake

Gerda @three_eight_cake LA BREA tee tester

 

Hannah | @_hannah_homemade_

Hannah @_hannah_homemade_ LA BREA tee tester

 

Harri | @harritheking

Harri @harritheking LA BREA tee tester

 

Jenny | @jenny.maker

Jenny @jenny.maker LA BREA tee tester

 

Jessica | @sippinandsewin

Jessica @sippinandsewin LA BREA tee tester

 

Juli | @julesrae82

Juli @julesrae82 LA BREA tee tester

 

Kate | @kateeprice

Kate @kateeprice LA BREA tee tester

 

Kathleen | @kathleensews

Kathleen @Kathleensews LA BREA tee tester

 

Katie | @kak513

Katie @kak513 LA BREA tee tester

 

Kten | @jinxandgunner

Kten @jinxandgunner LA BREA tee tester

 

Linda | @lindaminnis

Linda @lindaminnis LA BREA tee tester

 

Lorene@goldpom

Lorene @goldpom LA BREA tee tester

 

Lucy | @_luuucy_

Lucy @_luuucy_ LA BREA tee tester

 

Margaret | @makminnesota

Margaret @makminnesota LA BREA tee tester

 

Marieke@circlemeetsline

Marieke @circlemeetsline LA BREA tee tester

 

Marilyn | @blue_sapphires_randomness

Marilyn @blue_sapphires_randomness LA BREA tee tester

 

Martha | @garichild

Martha @garichild LA BREA tee tester

 

Megan@thegreenviolet

Megan @thegreenviolet LA BREA tee tester

 

Melissa@ahappystitch

Melissa @ahappystitch LA BREA tee tester

 

Natalia | @nataliaholwerda

Natalia @nataliaholwerda LA BREA tee tester

 

Nicoletta@stitchandcappuccino

Nicoletta @stitchandcappuccino LA BREA tee tester

 

Rachel@oakbluedesigns

Rachel @oakbluedesigns LA BREA tee tester

 

Rebecca | @vida.doce.art

Rebecca @vida.doce.art LA BREA tee tester

 

Sally | @sallyhalfmoon

Sally @sallyhalfmoon LA BREA tee tester

 

Sara | @mama_makes_time

Sara @mama_makes_time LA BREA tee tester

 

Sari | @whatsarimakes

Sari @whatsarimakes LA BREA tee tester

 

Shirley | @sew_islands

Shirley @sew_islands LA BREA tee tester

 

Sierra@sierraburrell

Sierra @sierraburrell LA BREA tee tester

 

Sonia@soelimano

Sonia @soelimano LA BREA tee tester

 

Tamsin | @glamourforgeeks

Tamsin @glamourforgeeks LA BREA tee tester

 

Tiffani

Tiffani LA BREA tee tester

 

Be sure to follow #labreatee on Instagram to see even more LA BREA tees and grab you LA BREA tee pattern here!


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