Liesl and Co

Liesl + Co Chai Tee

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We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the printed A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day.

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Buy the Chai Tee sewing pattern from Liesl + Co. This simple and stylish pull-on top is much more than a basic tee. It has an easy fit and is as comfortable to wear as your favourite T-shirt, but it brings a touch of elegance to every day with its shoulder yokes and pleats and its feminine shaping. Leave the sleeves uncuffed (View A) or stitch the cuffs in place to secure them (View B). The pattern comes with separate pieces for A/B, C, and D cup sizes to help you make a great fitting shirt.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Lightweight cotton knit fabric with moderate stretch. This tee can also be sewn from drapey woven fabrics, but you may need to go up a size or two for a good fit.

Fabric requirements: 44″ (112 cm) wide fabric: 1 3/4 - 2 yd (1.6 - 1.8 m) // 58″ (147 cm) wide fabric: 1 1/4 yd (1.2 m).

Sizing: XS - XXL with A/B, C, and D cups (approx. UK 8 – 20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Coordinating thread.

PDF pattern includes: Illustrated instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (28 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets). The print-at-home pattern is a layered PDF so you can print only the size(s) you need.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
So I Sew and Sow
Chai Tee Review

This pattern is described as for 'confident beginners' and I think that's definitely the case. Most of it sewed up really quickly, the sleeves in particular we're really easy, however there were a few fiddly bits that were more challenging. I really struggled with the neckline but that was mostly my own fault.

I made view B with the turned up sleeves. I also lengthened the body because most patterns come up short on my torso, but actually I didn't need to do this.

You can read my full pattern review on my blog

Chai Tee

I took this to the Sewing Weekender, but in hindsight it was a bit of a challenge to work a new pattern on the new sewing machine in that lively, busy, wonderful environment. We had access to overlockers as well as brand new Janome machines.

My first try is more of a toile / learning experience than something I'm happy to wear. As a learning experience, it is a win. I understand more about the instructions and what they intended, even though I had to change a few things as I went. Note that there are several steps where you are sewing 3 layers of jersey in one go and it will tend to splodge out or move around on you ... possibly with the topstitching, too. Even with an overlocker to neaten and finish the resulting seams, they are pretty thick. I did not have a walking foot -- my feeling is that it would have helped but not completely fixed the issues I had. The shoulder pieces are double thickness and the pattern uses the "burrito" method to finish one of the shoulders so that no seams are exposed inside on that side though you will have them exposed on the other side if you follow their instructions for binding the neckline edge. As I said, I was at the sewing weekender and would really have struggled with this step if not for the experienced and helpful lady beside me. I'd recommend checking on YouTube or other tutorials rather than scratching your head too long over the intricate text for that step. In addition to help me figure out the burrito method, we changed the finish steps on the neckline to work better with the space and equipment there.

Looking at the cover and the model, I can see the fabric is a light jersey -- as they recommend -- but a little sturdier than the very light jersey I had in my stash. It may be worth noting that the model has a figure/shape where the tee is hanging primarily from the line of her shoulders (i.e. she is quite slim). I made an XL to match my chest measure and found the neck and shoulder a little large, the chest only just ok (I'd read other reviews about this being tight across the chest and pulling open the pleats). It's a little tight on my hips as I am certainly not shaped like the model. :-)

Having thought carefully about this, I think I may take up the suggestion on the package that it can work with some woven fabrics as well -- it's the detail on the should that I like. That detail will come out nicely in a drapey woven. As a tee, probably not as I have other t-shirt patterns that are steady tried-and-true friends. I will definitely not use a stripe with angled pleats again.