This is a distinction that changes fairly often, but right now this is my very favorite tee. It’s a slightly hacked Aurora Tee made with the most luscious, soft, squishy, warm, drapey rayon french terry from Indie Sew (now sold out).
The hacks I made to the tee are barely worth mentioning. I didn’t even draw them out, I just eyeballed them when I was cutting out the pattern. First I straightened out the side seam a bit so it doesn’t angle in at the waist. Then I cut the hem straight instead of using the curved hem of the pattern. To make it slightly cropped, I did this straight across from the side seam hem point.
I guess I also added 2″ to the sleeves, but I do that to all of my Auroras because gorilla arms. The Aurora is different from most knit tees because it has a faced neckline. I just love that slight scoop and the clean finish without binding, especially for striped fabric.
I want to (and do) live in this shirt. It makes a great cozy layer under a cardi when the RV gets cold too. The simple lines of the Aurora make it a great jumping off point for pattern hacking. I have an interesting hoodie up my sleeve (pun) using the Aurora that I want to try next!
I am so happy I stumbled across your blog and purchased the Union St Tee ( on my birthday). I gave it a bash, and boy am I pleasantly surprised. I’ve since made about 7 using different types of knit – I was terrified to sew with knits but your blog inspired me to throw caution to the wind and I’ve learnt so much. Now the Aurora looks fantastic on you, the faced neckband has me rather curious. May just be my next addition.
Oh that’s so wonderful to hear! Happy birthday to you 🙂 I love when people just dive right in – you’d never guess how often I hear that people are “scared” of knits. What’s the worst that could happen? You did the right thing. And the faced neckline is a great option for beginners, but I’d say you’re well beyond that if you’ve made 7 Unions!