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The Goldilocks Tshirt

February 3, 2012
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Too hard, too soft, too hot, too cold… blah blah blah, you get the idea right? Well, this tshirt is too tight in the sleeves.

When making Pedro’s coat, I intentionally bought way more of the lining fabric than I would actually need because it was so freaking awesome. I intended to make myself a tshirt out of it and I did, but because the fabric is a double knit it doesn’t have a ton of stretch to it. Everything else feels great about it, but the sleeves and armcycle are just a little tight.

Also, I'm trying to take my pictures in other locations than that one wall in my sewing room, so here I am in my (new!) windowless (to the outside; it has one really weird window that looks out into some ceiling rafters so I always feel like it's night) office by myself with the door shut. Baby steps. I get embarrassed taking pictures, even around Mr. Fiance!

I can either deal with it and only wear it on really cold days (when I don’t mind to being able to shove the sleeves up to my elbows) or put it in the ‘to fix’ pile where it will probably sit for a couple month because I’m lazy. All I can do to fix it really is to go back and make the sleeve seams as tiny as possible and hope that 3/8 inch is enough to make it more comfortable. But, it is wearable in my opinion. Just kindof hot.

Pattern: Burda Style 103A 7/2011

Pattern Description: None of the translations from the burda sites made sense or were very descriptive of this pattern. It’s just a long sleeve knit shirt with pieced double layered sleeves at the elbow and a rounded v-neck.

Just so you guys know, this is not how Americans dress on holiday (as implied by the American flags in other pictures from this section)

Pattern Sizing: 34-44, I cut a 34

Fabric Used: Houndstooth double knit

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I didn’t do the sleeve¬†piecing.

"Is anyone coming?"

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them because I usually change the order of construction with sleeved items.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It fits very well with no alterations to fit and I like the neckline (“crew” necklines always feel like they’re creepying backward on my shoulders, making it feel like I’m going to choke. Maybe I have weird posture). But as I said before the sleeves are very tight, at this point I’m blaming that on the fabric because I have another cut out in a stretchier knit too.

"No, it's all good"

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t cut the sleeve in two pieces (but I will be for my next iteration!) and I used the salvage of my fabric to finish all the edges. It has a cool stripe through it.

Would you sew it again? I plan on it, hoping it can become my “go to” t-shirt pattern

Can't even tell there's a seam down the back (insert fist pump)

Would you recommend it to others? Yes! Just maybe not in a double knit.

~Molly

PS – Did you guys like Pedro’s post on Russian style? I’m excited for when she discusses her view points on the strange world of blogging and “hipster” style in Colorado.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2012 7:14 am

    You know, I buy Burda Mag every month and its so typical of me to miss a great pattern. I love the fabric you have used. It looks fabulous on you. Pity the arms are a bit tight, I can see how annoying that might be but maybe more annyoying to unpick a double knit! Thank you for sharing… and encouraging me to go back and look at this issue properly!

    • February 3, 2012 7:31 am

      You know, I was wearing it all day yesterday in my office and I felt totally fine. My office is on the cold side (no thermostat either :( ) I just couldn’t push my sleeves up more than an inch. And you’re right, unpicking that double knit would be pain in the butt.

  2. Pedro permalink
    February 3, 2012 11:11 am

    “No, it’s all good” — weirdo.

  3. February 3, 2012 12:32 pm

    Do you have to cut more seam allowance into it next time? Or is it just the fabric choice?

    • February 3, 2012 5:45 pm

      My next one, that is already cut out, is in a stretchier fabric so we’ll see. but I’m pretty sure it’s just the fabric choice

  4. February 4, 2012 1:57 am

    What great fabric. Looks like the t-shirt came out a really good length too. I guess the sleeve piecing would work in a solid, but definitely not in that print.

    Definitely enjoyed Pedro’s post about Russian style BTW – more please!

  5. February 4, 2012 5:45 pm

    It’s funny- double knit really doesn’t seem to stretch very much. It’s the opposite of what you’d think. I made a top in a black double knit and it seems to have no give at all. It’s wearable, just really snug. I love the houndstooth! And kudos for your back seam.

  6. February 5, 2012 11:34 pm

    I missed that pattern too, so will have another look at it. Its a goodie and the shape and fabric suits you. Perfect for a cold day …. um maybe I’ll do it in a very light stretchy something cos its still pretty balmy here in NZ.

    Yes please Pedro’s post was good.

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