Okay, Ed!! You, too, can become a sewist and this is an easy, but sartorial choice to begin with!!! AND...the pattern is FREE!!! You can download it here: Free Sewing Patterns from Tessuti!
The only tricky thing about this pattern is that it is "one size fits all". Seems easy enough, right? But, it also seems a little unlikely....unless you want it to look as though you and everybody else could fit in it!!! I perused various sewing posts to figure out the fit. I found these to be the most informative:
This one, from the Tessuti site itself, explains what went into making three different versions: Tessuti - Classic Mandy Stripes
And this one, from Danielle, who is just about my height and size with a cool blog, addresses 3 Mandy tees as well: Sewing and Cocktails - Mandy
Don't get me wrong. This is supposed to be a loose boat neck tee and I had no intention of trying to turn it into anything else. However, there's loose and there's looking like you are wearing a bed sheet. I wanted to hit somewhere in the middle. Additionally, many, many reviews noted that the neckline was quite high and the sleeves were very snug. Now, my arms are not huge, but I didn't want to have them look as though they were sausage wanna-be's, nor diminish normal range of motion. So...taking all the various comments and measurements into account....here's what I did.
|That seems like quite a lot of effort when you have a pattern, but...it really wasn't that bad once I got my head wrapped around what I was actually going to do!|
|I like my Mandy!!! Thanks, Tessuti!|