I’m a little behind on sharing these in a new-release sense, but I couldn’t let this blog sit here without telling you about the newest Patterns for Pirates pattern!  Let’s talk about the Basic Tees!

Judy made all my sewing dreams come true when she released a new pattern for the entire family!  WOOT!  The Basic Tees are anything but basic, if you ask me.  But they are a good staple item in your closets and I’m really loving the fit of them for our entire crew.  (I also love whenever I get a chance to photograph the three of us together!  So thanks for that as well, Judy!)

The shirts all come with multiple neckline options.  The men and youth have both a crew and vneck.  And the women’s has crew, vneck and a delicious scoop neck.  LOVE.  The men’s shirt comes in various lengths for easy height adjustments, while the youth features a shirt, tunic and dress length, and the women’s has an additional crop version.  It’s an easy way to mix/match with one pattern and have a ton of wonderfully fitting garments!

The Youth Basic Tee is perfection for Louis.  Although I almost died when I remeasured him before sewing this up……kiddo is now wearing an 8W, 10L in size.  He’s seriously grown so much even since Christmas and I am not handling it well.  Not emotionally or in a clothing sense.  I apparently need to get to sewing because he’s running out of things that fit him in his closet.  SIGH.

We prefer a slimmer fit top on Louis.  I think it makes clothing look better on a person, and it fits Louis’ frame the best too.  It’s funny when we put a storebought shirt on him in “his size” and it’s the width of two of him.  Ugh. Not cool at all manufacturers!  #thisiswhyisew

Bennett is someone else in our family who benefits greatly from me-made clothing.  He is 5’11”, which isn’t super tall in terms of height, but he’s proportioned to have a much longer torso than legs.  (I’m 5’7″ and I’m just the opposite with all of my height in my legs.)

Most ready-to-wear shirts are too short for him and often end up as belly shirts.  Which is fine if that’s your thing, but he prefers to show skin only when he’s making that choice.  With that in mind, I always cut his shirts at the “tall” height for P4P patterns and they are perfect on him.  It’s so refreshing to be able to make something that fits him everywhere!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I only wear me-made clothes, with the exception of jeans.  I have yet to find denim that is a good weight and doesn’t cost $$$$$$$.  So for now, I’m more than happy to have a closet full of tops that are all catered toward my body.

If I may confess, the Basic Tee might be one of my favorite silhouettes from Patterns for Pirates so far.  I like the slimmer fit a lot more than I had anticipated.  If you’re wondering where it falls in terms of all of the P4P women’s tops, you can see a comparison chart of the line drawings, and learn about the best fabrics for each pattern in the P4P Shirt Fits Explained post.

My version in these photos is the tunic length, 3/4 sleeve, with a scoop neck.  And it’s in a gorgeous double brushed polyester from Sly Fox Fabrics.  I’m a smitten kitten over this print.

Before we go, here are two more photos of our cute family.  I’m shamelessly sharing them because I kiiiiiiiinda love us.


On Bennett: The Basic Tee – Men’s | Sweater Knit from JoAnn Fabrics

On Louis: The Basic Tee – Youth | TShirt Jersey from Girl Charlee

On Me: The Basic Tee – Women’s | Double Brushed Polyester from Sly Fox Fabrics