Jade is a fitted tee with a boat neck option and an option for a ballet neckline that has a deeper scoop neck in the front and the back. The boat neck and the ballet neck can be mixed and matched for different neckline options. The tee has a curved hemline and 4 different sleeve lengths.
I made the boat neck with the elbow length sleeves. This fabric is a rayon spandex jersey that I got from Imagine Gnats a while back. It’s a great fabric for this tee– just the right amount of stretch and drape. Rae has a really good post on her blog about how the fit of this top changes depending on the size and fabric you choose.
My tee is a size medium graded to extra large at the hip. My first versions during testing had some pooling at the lower back that a swayback adjustment didn’t fix. Rae suggested I grade out one more size on the back piece only, which solved the problem. Yay! I love the fit of this tee. It’s just the right amount of fitted through the top and it skims over my hips perfectly.
I love how this tee looks with a skirt (this is the skirt I’m wearing) or with jeans. It’s a little more dressed up than my other gray crewneck tees. I always learn something when I sew one of Rae’s patterns. This time I learned about adding tricot interfacing to the hems to get a nice finish. Sometimes my coverstitch machine doesn’t behave nicely with rayon jersey fabrics– adding interfacing to the hem really helped with that!
I highly recommend this pattern and I know that I’ll be sewing it again and again. (I have already made a second one but it’s on the long list of things that have been sewn but haven’t been photographed. I hope to get it on the blog soon!)