Meet the Concord, your new favorite tee! Fully customizable, this knit T-Shirt is a classic wardrobe staple that's designed for curves. Choose from three hem lengths (cropped, mid-length or long curved), three necklines (high, V-neck, or scoop), three sleeve lengths (short, medium, or long), two sleeve finishes (cuffed or hemmed), and optional sleeve tabs. Whether you layer them over jeans on Friday night, or pair them with floral skirts at the office, you’ll want a closet of Concords!
SEWING LEVEL: Beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Light to midweight knit fabric such as rayon, cotton/lycra or poly/lycra jersey, with at least 20% crosswise stretch.
NOTIONS: Ballpoint or stretch needle, thread, 8 inches (20 cm) of clear 1/4 inch (6mm) elastic (optional), two ⅝" / 1.5cm buttons (View C).
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a Printed Pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF Pattern, which can be downloaded.
PDF PATTERN INFORMATION:
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 13 pages (3.5 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 31 pages (1.8 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages for A0, 2 pages for US (1.5 MB each)
- Concord Tunic Hack
- Concord Dress Hack
- How to Narrow Shoulders and Alter Neckline
- Genius T-Shirt Pattern Hacks
- Grading Between Sizes - Top or Dress with No Dart
After being frustrated with the shapelessness of ‘free’ t-shirt pattern garments after FB adjustments were made, I did my research and was convinced the Concord was what I needed. Purchasing and downloading were easy-peasy.
The waist shaping, multiple sizes and length options caught my eye. I used the GH size 14 shoulder, graded to a size 16 bust and size 20 hip. Although I needed to make some alterations for a sway back and to the shoulders (I have a narrow front high bust and forward back shoulder), the adjusted muslin went together very quickly on my serger. The shoulders and sleeves fit perfectly and there is no pulling across the bust. I was knocked out by how thorough the directions were, and liked that different length collar-bands were included in the pattern. There was no excess fabric at the midriff and the shaped side seams are slimming and the shirt doesn’t flare over my abundant backside.
Seeing all of the photos of previous makes was inspiring. I’ve whipped up six tops in tunic length and am working on hacking the Concord into a dress length for summer. Now I’m inspired to make action-wear for yoga and weight-lifting classes. THANKS for the care and detail you’ve put into this pattern.
Having had to work a FBA on all previous sewing patterns I was hoping to be able to finally print a pdf pattern and go straight to making a muslin. I wear a lot of Breton style long sleeved tops in winter and had looked for a pattern to make my own. I have a larger than average bra cup size, in the UK I buy a 36 F or G cup depending on make and style. Having printed off and assembled the pattern, a task I did not find difficult, I then checked the sizing chart contained in the instructions. My full bust measurement is 41.5” with a high bust of 38”. Comparing my measurements a size 12 G/H cup seemed to be a good match. BUT it is important on this pattern to also check the finished garment measurements where the finished bust sizing for a size 12 G/H cup is given as 37 and 7/8th inches, too tight for my liking. I understand that this top is made from a stretch fabric but even so just over 4” of stretch seemed too much for my liking. I made a size 14 G/H cup which only allowed for 2” of stretch when compared to my actual bust measurements. Also when starting to trace off the pattern onto Swedish paper I noticed that the top had a cinched in waist area giving a very fitted hour glass appearance, something I did not want. I traced the pattern with a straighter waist line. Being full busted I am very aware of where my bust apex measurement falls in relationship to the pattern, gravity does have an effect on a heavier bust especially as you get older. Being a pattern company that makes a range especially for plus size ladies I had expected to find the bust apex marked on the pattern - this was not the case. Using the side notch just under the armpit for guidance I drew a line across the pattern front assuming this notch to denote where the bust apex falls as it does line up with the widest point of the curved underarm seam. This line showed my actual bust apex measurement to be 3” lower which in turn made the curve of the side seam in the wrong position. ...
I have been struggling for years to find the perfect T-shirt pattern. I found it in the Concord. I made a size 18 for the muslin and it fit perfect! It will definitely be my go to T-Shirt pattern.
This shirt pattern exceeded everything I had ever experienced with other patterns. I'm a newer sewist, but I had already gotten the drift that I would have to do a ton of changes, i.e. an FBA and grade out on almost every pattern I bought. I just thought it was a fact of life. Well I was wrong. This pattern changed my way of thinking. I didnt have to do anything to the pattern except lengthen it, because I'm 6 ft tall, and nothing is long enough. But the bust fit, the arms fit. I love it! I want one in every color! Thank you so much!
I am very impressed by the quality of the drafting. I had NO problems putting the shirt together. I made several tops for my daughter. She has a hard time getting a good fit over her bust. She loved the result. I am looking out for more patterns. Thank you.