Hey y’all – it’s the last tutorial of 2016! Today I’m sharing this long sleeve t-shirt, which was actually my Christmas outfit this past week and which I thought might be a good New Year’s look if you’re headed out somewhere you need to dress up a little.
I love when dressy is also comfortable, and thanks to warm central Texas weather (it was 76 here on Christmas) I got to combine my V neck t-shirt with a knee length pickup skirt and peep toe shoes. But if you live somewhere cooler, you could also add tights and closed toed shoes, as well as a coat, to warm this up for winter wear.
The skirt is a sparkle chiffon and I sewed it in an episode of Sew it All TV, which you can actually buy for $1.99 here. Or you can see this tutorial I did, and just modify it to have an elastic waist instead of a bodice.
The shirt pattern is actually from my Women’s V Neck pattern and I just lengthened the sleeves as shown below. Head on over to that post to get the free pattern and instructions to sew it together.
HOWEVER – you can see that sleeve length is both an easy and complicated thing from these pictures of me wearing the shirt. So the black line drawing is what I did and the pink line is what I should have done.
The original T has a little bit of a slouchy fit, particularly under the bust and in the arms. While that works well with a short sleeved t-shirt worn with jeans or joggers, when tucked into a skirt with long sleeves, other issues arise.
If you look closely, you can see that first of all, I made the sleeves too long. I cuffed them for these photos, because otherwise they looked messier and came to my knuckles. You can also see that the weight of the sleeves starts to pull the shirt off my shoulders, so I start getting lines at the bust that make it look like I need a full bust adjustment and sloping shoulder adjustment. In truth what I need to do (and will do) is make the sleeves shorter and slimmer, so that they help hold themselves up on my arms instead of pulling the shoulders off my body. Not only would slimming the sleeves improve the fit on me, it would make this tshirt suitable for layering, which it is not currently. But living in Austin I rarely layer anyway, so that’s not necessarily a dealbreaker.
Secondly, I think I need to take this shirt in below the bust if I want to continue to tuck it in (which I’m not sure I do want to do) as it’s just a little too slouchy there to be comfortable when I move around. I kept feeling the need to retuck and readjust as I wore it.
I decided to post these pics anyway because 1) that is a really picky fit detail for many people, and 2) If I wasn’t tucking this shirt in and wanted a slouchy look, I totally have that kind of fit down.Get access to my free pattern gallery - sign up for my newsletter!