A Little Washed Out

I haven't been very productive on the sewing front this month, probably something to do with all of the preserving I have been doing.  I thought I would just squeeze in one more project before months end.

One of the things very lacking in my autumn wardrobe is long sleeve tees.  I really like these puffed sleeve versions and when I saw Butterick 5562 and this beautiful cotton Lycra fabric, I knew they were made to go together. 

Before cutting out my top, I studied pattern review to see what the feedback was like on this pattern, and learnt that the sizing runs large.  After checking the pattern against a rtw top that I like the fit of, I cut the tee out to a size extra small instead of my usual small.  The first alteration I made was to cut out a neck band.  The fold and top stitch method just doesn't do it for me and I really like the finish of a neck band.  After cutting out the sleeves in view B, I decided I didn't really like the elasticated  ruched hem, so re cut into a regular fit sleeve.

I used my cover stitch machine to hem the sleeves and the bottom of the tee.  I really like this finish because the stitching does not seem to break like it does on my sewing machine, especially on Lycra.

Would I make this tee again.....yes, definitely.  I am really liking the look of view C for my next version.


  1. That fabric is a really lovely print, and that pattern looks to be just as versatile as your OWOP one. Maybe a new favourite for winter?

  2. Ooh I hope so. The sleeves are small enough to get another layer over the top and since this is a variation on the tops I tend to favour, it could well be.

  3. I like the puffy sleeves too. The print goes so well with jeans.


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