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