knit tee bodice used for tee

Jaunty Dress into a Tee hack (Tadah Patterns)

I was lucky enough to test the new Jaunty Dress by Tadah Patterns. It is a lovely simple, yet stylish design, made for knit.

knit tee bodice used for tee

I loved the shape of the bodice and the options such as a flutter sleeve, so decided to use this as a base for a feminine tee for my daughter.

Before I begin, you will find all the tips you need to sew with knit in this pattern, so I’m not going to go into too much detail about that here.

I use greaseproof paper to trace my pattern pieces and use these for cutting out. When doing this to make the tee, I made sure that I had enough to add length to the bottom of the bodice pieces. When I added length, I kept in mind that this wouldn’t be a long tee as it is fitted and would bunch up around the hips. This is how much I recommend you add for each size:

Sizes Suggested amount to add *
1, 2 1 ¼ inches
3 2 inches
4, 5, 6 2 ¼ inches
7, 8, 9, 10 2 ½ inches
11, 12 2 ¾ inches

* If your child is taller or more stream-lined, add another inch. You can always take length off but not add it.

When adding the length, gently continue the curved seam line to the hem as you extend it, rather than going straight to the hem. (This side with the yellow pin is my side seam


Sew the tee as per the bodice instructions in the Jaunty dress pattern.

When you have finished constructing the rest, as you won’t be attaching a skirt, the last part is to hem the tee. I folded my hem up by 3/4 inch (around 1.5 cm) and then sewed it at 1cm (3/8 inch) and hold it in place with wonder clips. To sew the hem, I use a twin stretch needle with my stitch length slightly longer (around 2.8 on my Janome) and the bobbin tension slightly looser than normal (around 2 on my machine). Of course you can use any hemming technique you use when sewing with knits.

Once finished, I give my garments (in this case the tee)  a light press to set in the seams.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful and would love to see your tees (#noblecubs on facebook and insta).


Martina 🙂

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