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Sew a Bateau Neck Sleeveless Reversible Tee Shirt

Ann Siegle

Sew a Bateau Neck Sleeveless Reversible Tee Shirt using the Keyhole Top (and Trouser Pant) Sewing Pattern

This tee is a classic! You can sew this beautifully fitting, EASY to sew, flattering tee in short cap sleeves, long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and sleeveless versions. Make it in a stripe with 3/4 sleeves, or a fun print with cap sleeves, or go reversible and sleeveless with a solid and a print! 

There are ZERO hem finishes on this tee - the self lined bodice is sewn top and bottom and turned through either the armhole (if you're adding sleeves) or the sideseam (if you're making it reversible.) It's gorgeous, wider neckline is very flattering, and it's beautiful shaping and high hip length are designed for "untucked" wearing. You can lengthen this tee easily (and that's one of the pattern hacks we're making in our sew-along.)


June 1-14

Order the pattern here, get your fabric and cut your size as per the Perfect Sizing Worksheet and the pattern envelope. We recommend rayon/lycra or ITY stretch Lycra. You want a drapey fabric that is not too heavy to make this reversible tee. It’s very important both sides / fabrics are the same stretch/recovery and hand or feel, for best results. Print and solid pair well together, as do coordinating prints and stripes. See below for instructions on how the sew along works.

Stretch ruler: download and print one here (with instructions on how to use it.)

Calculate your size:  Download the Perfect Sizing Worksheet™ (paper PDF) or the Excel version.

June 1-6:

We cover how the sew along works, how to select the size for your tee, how to pair up the best fabrics for the best results for your tee and we'll cover the basic pattern hack (lengthening the tee) that we'll be doing. Our video on June 6 (archived here below) will show how the tee sews together and turns right side out. 

June 7-14:

We will be sewing our tee and discussing fit and construction techniques in the Christine Jonson Sewing Circle (private Facebook Group.)  Our June 13 live video will feature our completed tee(s) and styling ideas.

Selecting the right fabric and modifying the tee for your favorite length:


Construction video (including how to turn the reversible tee right side out!) This video shows the entire construction of the tee shirt including turning right side out.

June 20: styling options and our final tee! This video shows our completed tee shirt, options for making the tee single layer in heavier knits like French Terry, and creative fabric choices such as art panel prints. 


How it works: 

Join the Christine Jonson Patterns Facebook Group

Join the event in the pinned post to participate and see group posts

Sew your hoodie at home on your schedule, following along with videos that will be added to this blog post or LIVE on our Facebook page.

Post on the group with questions or progress photos

Post your finished photos when done!


Keyhole Top & Pants for Wovens 1010
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