My minty fresh t-shirt: I can almost taste it!

It’s still sweltering hot here in Sydney and even though I promised to only make bottom halves from now on, I just couldn’t resist making a little tee, just for me.

My siblings bought me the Wendy Ward book, ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics’ for Christmas and I though it would be rude to leave it sitting on the bookshelf any longer.  What I like about this book is the simple designs and the wearability of all the patterns.  I will definitely be tackling many more patterns in this book, especially when it gets cooler as I will be requiring some cosiness.  This book has cosiness in spades.

The Pattern:

I started at the very beginning of the book and went for the Peak T-shirt.  It’s a basic crew neck tee, not too tight and not too baggy.  A staple, an essential.

I chose to make the size 88-92cm bust.  That’s the second size.  I was unsure as I am between the 2 sizes but I went for the larger option.  The fit is good.  It’s a relaxed shape and I like that there is no cling.  I often find that t-shirts cling around my tummy which means I spend my time pulling it away and pulling my t-shirt out of shape.

The Fabric:

I had the perfect fabric for this make sitting in my stash. I bought this amazing fabric from Fabworks Mill Shop in Dewsbury during my last visit to the UK (2 years ago!)


It’s a simple jersey, not too lightweight either which is always good with a white background.  I was massively drawn to the pattern and colour.  It threw me back to my childhood and my love of ‘Pacers’.  Remember them?

Fun fact: Pacers are a discontinued British brand of mint flavoured confection. Originally known as Opal Mints, they were plain white coloured chewy spearmint flavoured sweets. They were launched as a sister product to Opal Fruits (now known as Starburst).

Thought you might enjoy the ad.  How times have changed eh? Anyway, I (massively) digress.

The make:

It’s a super simple pattern and of course, Wendy’s instructions are easy to follow with very clear illustrations.

I didn’t follow every step though.  I didn’t use a sewing machine to sew the main pieces, I used my overlocker.  I only used my machine to finish the hem and sleeves by using a twin ball point needle to get that professional finish.  I didn’t top stitch around the neckline either.  That’s just personal preference and the fact that I always make a real mess of it and often regret starting it!

Shall we talk pattern matching?  Well, lets just say, it was mostly pattern matched.  I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Excuse the sunnies – it was super bright.
I really like the relaxed fit
I love the neckband. I was unsure if it should just be plain white but now it’s in, I definitely made the right choice with the stripe option.
The neckline is sitting flat which I am pleased about, despite the lack of top stitching.

Super pleased with the pattern matching here.  The first photo is the shoulder seam, the second photo is of the side seam.

Of course, there was no matching that sleeve and body!

My minty fresh tee was a super quick make. I think the Peak will become my basic t-shirt pattern of choice.  I was also pleased to see that there is an option to extend this pattern into a dress.  I think that just has to be a winner!

3 thoughts

  1. I love your minty fresh Peak Tee Kate!! And Pacers – how on earth did they ever pass me by??!! You are a total Pacer in this tee, that advertising must’ve lodged itself in your subconscious and influenced your fabric shopping. Send us over a bit of your sunshine please, it’s freezing here in the UK, I’m VERY ready for spring now. X


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