This is my modification on the fantastic Plantain tee from Deer & Doe Patterns! This is my second Plantain and I was really excited to try my hand at a modification of this amazing pattern :D I was inspired by a yoga top I spied a while back and at the time I thought to myself that if I ever got up the guts to try sewing with knits, and I found a t-shirt pattern that I loved, I would try to recreate the yoga top. Almost like Eléonore read my mind she published the Plantain a few days later! After knocking out my first Plantain in less time than I thought (and conquering my fear of knits in one go!) I knew I needed something special for this modification. I decided to go with a super soft bamboo knit I found at Fabricana in Richmond, BC. This fabric is so soft and snuggly it's an absolute pleasure to wear :) The deep eggplant purple is one of my new favourite colours and the elbow patches, made from scrap from my first Plantain, make an interesting pop of additional colour. I love, love, LOVE this top and this pattern....I expect even more Plantains popping into my wardrobe very soon!
To draft the curved back of the tee I first traced out the back piece to make a pattern piece of the entire back of the top. I then placed my first Plantain shirt on the pattern to get an idea of where I wanted to make the yoke for the back (the two curved pieces do not go all the way to the shoulders). I decided that about an inch above the bottom of the armpit would work best. I then used a curved ruler to shape the curved portion of the back, remembering to add 5/8" to the curve to fold over for the hem. I also added a seam allowance to the top of the curved back piece and a matching one to the bottom of the yoke piece. To put together I first finished the hem on the two curved pieces before attaching them to the yoke, I then finished the pattern as normal.