In February this year, Afternoon put out a call for pattern testers for a new t-shirt design. I’ve never pattern tested before, and I’ve not sewn a whole lot of jersey either – so I decided to dip a toe outside of my comfort zone and sign up! It was a gentle dip, as I really didn’t think I would be selected – imagine my surprise when I received an email from Jenny, the woman behind Afternoon. 

I have a couple of Afternoon patterns on my list of things to make – in particular, I think the Heron culottes and the Lyra top combine to make a lovely summer outfit! Jenny’s email was so nicely worded, and I loved the pattern name so much that I decided to accept the offer and test the new Pigeon tee! The t-shirt is available in two options; a short sleeve round neck or long sleeve polo neck. I’m not the greatest fan of high necks, and I much prefer a ¾ length sleeve anyway – so I selected version A to test. 

The pattern testing process was essentially making the garment as normal, but with extra vigilance regarding typos / grammar / decipherability. There are no proven versions on Instagram to check first, no previous makers to advise on fit or tips, and so the end result was a bit of an exciting unknown. I decided to pick-up my fabric in-store rather than buy on-line, to be sure I selected something with the right amount of stretch. Unfortunately, the choice of jersey in Fabricland is limited, and the most suitable was this crazy flamingo print. In store it was listed as ‘content unknown’ but on-line they list it as 100% polyester - it’s pretty awful fabric to be honest. 

The pattern was straightforward, it is of course just a simple t shirt; the instructions and diagrams were clear, the pattern pieces fit together beautifully, and you can cut and sew the Pigeon tee in less than two hours on a regular sewing machine! The result is this beautifully fitted tee that is quite similar to some RTW tees I have, just with a higher neckline than I’m used to. I love the fit across the shoulders and chest, the extra slim neckband is the perfect size, and it’s a comfortable length.  The waist is a little snugger than I would prefer but it’s a great choice for high waisted jeans or skirts and would look super with a dungaree style for the summer. And of course, it would make an excellent layering piece for the winter.  

I really enjoyed pattern testing, it’s quite a refreshing process to make a wild card. Would I have bought the Pigeon tee if I had seen it before testing it? Possibly not. But would I make it again? I think I will!  The Pigeon tee might be one of those patterns you didn’t know you needed; but with Me Made May getting into full swing and all you lovely sewists taking a deeper look at your wardrobes, it’s definitely one to consider! 


* This is not an advert. I pattern tested the Pigeon Tee without payment. in exchange for my critique of the pattern information / instructions / illustrations / fit etc, Afternoon kindly gifted the final version of the pattern as a thank you. The opinions in this blog post are wholly my own. *