I’ll confess – I love a good skivvy. It has this gloriously daggy connotation, and reminds me of a childhood wearing out our VHS tape of The Wiggles’ Big Red Car.
Luckily for me, Pattern Fantastique’s Glacial Tee / Skivvy pattern is far more fashionable than anything Greg, Jeff, Murray or Anthony ever wore (sorry guys). I already made the scoop neck version last year, and promptly sewed up the skivvy (turtleneck) variation in a merino knit from the same source, New Zealand Merino & Fabrics. Of course by that time it had warmed up so much that wearing wool was unthinkable, and I had to put off my first wear til this year!
As I mentioned last time, there are no instructions or size chart for this pattern, besides a generalised tee-sewing blog post and chart on Pattern Fantastique’s website. This tripped me up when sewing the neck piece – I assumed the pattern piece was the intended size but it actually states on the pattern piece itself to ease to the neck and trim to fit. My first neckband was very wide and floppy as a result, but after basting to fit then trimming 3.5cm total from the band, it looks much like the pattern photos. I have a few more notes on construction on my previous post if you’re interested.
Besides being an otherwise basic project, when constructing this garment I made the rookiest of rookie mistakes. Can you tell what it is?
Yep, I cut the tee off grain.
It’s such a silly mistake that I’m quite peeved at myself for having made it. You can’t really tell in the photos except at the cowl (which I wear folded down anyway), but the side seam wants to twist around, the hem is slightly rippled and the cowl neck won’t quite lay flat at the fold. In other words, the most clear indication of an off-grain knit garment is the fabric’s attempts to correct itself and move back on grain.
It bothered me when I completed the garment last year, but with some time and having actually worn it, I’m less fussed. I’ve also worn plenty of off-grain RTW tees, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
I’m sure this top will get plenty of wear this winter anyway. In these photos I’m wearing it as a jumper over a cotton long sleeve tee, but it works just as well on its own. I’ve still got some merino jersey left from my New Zealand Merino & Fabrics order, and now that I’ve made up a few tees I might sew that up into a looser jumper style next.
Above: ah, those were the good old days, when Greg’s eyebrows were at their unkempt peak, The Wiggles wore cheap unbranded skivvies likely from Best & Less, and their props were the finest ABC could afford. Apparently they hadn’t perfected “Big Red Car” yet, as the song is completely different to their classic number (as seen below). I’ve set the above video to start at that point for you, when they drive in a cardboard car past a running video of the streets of Sydney (?). You’re welcome.
Also, did you know Greg has dysautonomia? And Captain Feathersword used to be played by Anthony and his two brothers? I’ll stop talking about The Wiggles now.
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee / Skivvy
Pattern details: “This is a classic base layer. Chic, super high neckline, streamline shape with a subtle shirt-tail hemline. The broader shoulder line and sculpted armhole gives this wardrobe essential a modern point of difference. Designed with requirements of Merino Knits in mind. Maximise the Glacial’s snuggly, thermal potential of this style.” Available as a PDF download (A4 or A0), sizes Aus 6-16.
Fabric: 1.5m x 130cm Black Coal 100% Merino Jersey Knit 200g from New Zealand Merino and Fabrics
Other materials: Clear elastic to stabilise shoulders, from Aliexpress. Wash-N-Gone water soluble stabiliser for hems.
Mods: Size 12 with 0.25cm added to waist and hips.
– High neck skivvy variation – removed about 3.5cm from neckband pattern piece when easing to fit
– Bracelet length sleeves
– Extra long body length
– Scooped out front neck sides a little for a more rounded shape