TNT Short-Sleeve Top: ABB Tee

A couple posts ago I shared a goal to establish some real Tried-and-True (TNT) patterns. These would be patterns I can pull out when I stumble across a lovely fabric and want to make something I know I’ll be happy with. I’m starting with tops, because it seems I can never have too many. I’m still in-development on making the Molly Top by Sew Over It my TNT long-sleeve shirt. For my short-sleeve shirt, I bring you: the ABB Tee by DIBY Club.

Yes, that’s my husband, Eric, and not me. Here’s how this happened: I had made a sample of the Men’s ABB Tee (I didn’t know DIBY Club had a Women’s ABB Tee — but they do!) to test my customizations to the pattern pieces. Eric’s birthday was coming up, so I asked him to try on the sample. He kindly obliged.

The sample fit great! So I decided to make the first ABB Tee for him with a Cloud 9 striped knit from the brick-and-mortar Bolt Fabrics here in Portland. It’s a thick and luscious interlock knit that I had the opportunity to fondle in person when Bolt re-opened to the public recently.

Only two things could be improved in this make, and they’re a bit frustrating because I’m not sure how I would like them improved. I’m just vaguely dissatisfied with them. Which reminds me of my favorite of Matt Groening’s “9 Types of Girlfriends”:

1) My twin-needle stitching around the neckline. It seems puffy. Does it seem puffy? This might be how it’s supposed to look.

2) The sleeve caps. They also seem puffy. Also, for a man’s shirt, I think the sleeve needs to be a bit more raglan, so the seam hits below the glenohumeral joint, no?

Overall, I’m quite happy with the result. It’s a gosh sight better than the Sunday V-Neck, which is no longer worn on account of its puckered neckline.

Would it be weird if I made myself an exact copy and we wore them to BBQ’s? We’ll see. -rp

One thought on “TNT Short-Sleeve Top: ABB Tee

  1. I am trying to knit the Rose City Headwrap. The picture show several rows of ribbing before starting the design but your pattern starts right into the design. Did you leave the ribbing out?

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