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The New and Improved Union St. Tee

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Indiesew | New and Improved Union St. Tee by Hey June

We have some exciting news for you all today! One of our most popular patterns, the Union St. Tee by Hey June, just got a facelift! And to celebrate we're offering 25% off all of our jersey and rib knit fabrics so you can get to making one for yourself! More on that at the bottom of this post.

Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June sewing patterns does a great job of revamping her most popular patterns over time. See how she improved the Lane Raglan here.

As is, her patterns always offer many different views, making them a great value. But when she makes improvements to a pattern, she offers the improved pattern to those that have already purchased it, free of charge. Instructions are below on how to access the updated pattern if you've already bought it on Indiesew.

The Union St. Tee is a great basic knit tee with a plethora of options. Three neckline and four sleeve length options will make this your tried-and-true knit tee pattern, one that you can recreate again and again.

So, what's new with the Union St. Tee sewing pattern? 



Previously, the Union St. Tee featured only a finished garment measurement table. This was so that you could choose to size up or down, based on your own body measurements. Most people who sewed the first version of this pattern sewed a tee that matched their body measurements, so that the garment had no ease for a more fitted look.

Now, the Union St. Tee includes both size chart and finished garment measurement tables so that you can achieve the look you want. As is, the pattern is designed to be slouchy and relaxed. It's meant to be sewn in a stretchy knit with some drape. It's not recommended to be sewn in a stable knit like cotton/lycra unless you size down for a fitted tee. Read the pattern notes carefully and then experiment with different fabrics to achieve the look you want!


Included Full Bust Adjustment

For those ladies whose full bust is more than 3" wider than your upper bust, you'll want to employ Adrianna's new built-in full bust adjustment. She has a separate pattern piece included for the FBA that makes it easy to get a great fit.


Other Changes

What else is different? Well the scoop neckline is a bit wider and lower, which is super flattering as it frames your collar bones. An optional chest pocket was added too. And the shape of the sleeve cap was changed a bit. 

To illustrate how different this tee can look based on fabric and neckline choice, we've sewed up four versions! For reference my current measurements classify me as a size small. Each of the samples below is sewn in a straight size small, except for the grey ribbed knit, where I sized down because the fabric has so much stretch. All of the samples below are worn with my Ginger Jeans (View B).


Union St. Tee | Comparison

The red striped and black v-neck tees shown above were sewn in very similar fabrics, both rayon jerseys. The second two tops were sewn in rib knits, which create an even slouchier look. If you do plan to sew yours in a super stretchy rib knit, you might consider sizing down one or even two sizes.

Red Striped V-Neck Tee Sewing Pattern | Union St. Tee

This red striped fabric (a fabric we sold long ago and is now discontinued), is my ideal casual tee. The v-neckline is flattering, but not too low that it feels revealing. This is an easy tee to thrown on with jeans and a leather jacket for drinks with friends.

Black V-Neck Union St. Tee | Indiesew

This black rayon/lycra jersey version feels a bit more dressed up to me because of the color and the long sleeves. I've been wearing this with jeans and black wedges, but it will also work great tucked into pencil skirts. 

Ribbed Union St. Tee | Black and White Striped

I wanted to see how the Union St. Tee would look sewn in our Black and White 2x1 Ribbed Knit. I didn't size down for this version, though next time I probably would. The crew neckline and elbow length sleeves make this tee feel polished to me. I can see myself wearing it tucked into high-waisted, wide-leg pants.

Grey Ribbed Union St Tee | Sewing Pattern by Hey June

This version of the Union St. Tee is my current favorite, because the scoop neckline is so flattering. This 2x2 Heather Grey Rib Knit has even more stretch and drape than our black and white ribbed knit, so it was necessary for me to size down one size. After sizing down, I took another 1/2" from each side seam below the armpit. I can see this being the most worn tee in my closet this winter.



We know that many of you already own this pattern. The good news is if you've purchased the Union St. Tee or the 2015 Full or Mini Winter Collection from Indiesew you have access to the new version! To access the new pattern simply click on My Account (under the gear in the upper righthand corner) and search for the Union St. Tee or 2015 Winter Collection under the My Orders tab.

From your order you can re-download the pattern and start sewing the new version up immediately. If you prefer, this pattern also includes a copy shop version for both US and A0 large format printers. 


Knit Fabric Sale

To celebrate the launch of the new and improved Union St. Tee, we're offering 25% off our rayon/lycra jerseys (an ideal substrate for this design) and ribbed knits. Use coupon code NEWUNION at checkout to receive the discount. Coupon expires November 14th at 10 p.m. MST.

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*Please read info above about fit when sewing with ribbed knits. You may need to size down one or two sizes to achieve the desired look.

At only $10, the Union St. Tee is an incredible bargain for the amount of options included. Like all Hey June sewing patterns, the drafting is impeccable and the instructions are great for beginners. If you've never sewn with knits, this is a great pattern for you to try it out!

Happy sewing!

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