Best free pattern ever…?

A review of Mandy Boat Tee (free)

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Reviewed by joy.margot on 3rd April, 2019

I’m a real creature of habit and have made four of these now! I’ve also used the neckline on the TATB Freya top to make a “Frandy”.

Not only is this a free pattern, it can be cut from as little as 1.1m of fabric, making it super economical. You could even squeeze it out of one metre if you made the sleeves from a contrast fabric. I think it works best in a lightweight/floaty jersey.

I’ve made both the original one size pattern (equivalent to the new size three) and new size one, and while I love the oversized fit of the larger one, it does bunch up a little under cardigans. I think I’ll try a size two next and hopefully get the best of both worlds!

The website and instructions specify that this should be made on an overlocker but I’ve made all of mine on my sewing machine which worked just fine. It’s definitely worth getting a twin needle for the neckline and hems if you don’t have one already though. I like to use a 4mm one to encase the seam at the same time.

I live in these tops and highly recommend the pattern!

You can read my full review in my Sew Me Sunshine guest blog here.