This simple long sleeves t-shirt pattern will allow you to make tops that are great to wear over jeans, skirts, scrubs, wide-leg pants, and culottes. As well as an alternative to a pajama top.
I realize that our new reality is making us spend a great deal of time at home. I’m sure all the readers know the joy and stress relief of making things with your hands. It feels good to be creative and busy, especially these days.
Here you have a pattern that is amazingly versatile and comfortable. Depending on the print you use, you can have everything from a comfortable athleisure top to a casual lunch shirt.
The pattern has a scoop neck. It’s high enough for those of us entering the cooler months.
It has a short hem at the front and the bottom. As well as long sleeves that you can raise or lengthen to your preference. The most important part is the slight A-line, so you’ll have room to move about, and whether you’re doing yoga in the garden or sleeping in, the A-line will be comfortable without looking frumpy.
- 1 1/2 – 2 yards of 60″ wide cotton, rayon or bamboo knit with at least 25% stretch
- Thread to match
- Sewing machine
- Jersey or double point needle size 80
- Serger or overlocker (ideal)
- Cover stitch is ideal but not essential
Fabric Recommendations from Amazon.com
Skill Level: Beginner
Above are my fabric recommendations for this Long sleeve T-shirt. I used a very thick velvet which I do not recommend. It was a nightmare to sew if you do not have a serger. I used this fabric myself because I bought a lot of it so cheap that I use the fabric as a muslin.
Take note that this simple long sleeves T-Shirt pattern has no seam allowance, but I have added the hem to the sleeves and to the front and back. I used a 3/8″ and made the entire top using my overlocker with four threads and two needles. I did hem the sleeves and bottom using the sewing machine.
You must understand the technique of creating a bias tape as a facing to complete this project. Please check out the article below.
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The front and the back are the same Please trace the front in a separate paper. The instructions are here on the site free for you to use.
Allow 4 to 6″ of ease at the hips. It is a slight A -line shape perfect for hour glass and pear shape. You can wear it tighter the bust (helped by the stretch of the fabric) a bit looser at the bottom. This is not a pattern for a woman bigger than 40″ at the bust and 47″ at the hips. I know I need to change this and make a team of pattern testers that can help me with the fitting of curvy woman. I simply do not have more time at the moment. However I will follow up with fitting tutorials that can help you change this pattern to your measurements. Use the pivot and slide method to adjust the pattern for a full bust adjustment.
|M||37 1/2-41 1/2||38 1/2||23||23|
|L||39 1/2-47||40 1/2||23 1/4||23 1/4|
|XL||42-49||42 1/2||23 3/4||23 3/4|
How To Sew Your Simple Long Sleeves T-Shirt
1. Sew The Shoulders
Right sides together, sew the shoulders.
2. Sew The Sleeves
Mark the middle of the sleeve by folding it.
Pin it to the armhole right sides facing each other and sew.
Attach the other sleeve. Sew the sleeves.
Then sew from the wrist pass the armhole all the way to the hemline.
3. Sew The Neckline
As I mentioned before there are a few ways to sew a scooped neckline, I tried to use the double elastic tape commonly used on sports clothing, but because of the nature of my fabric (crushed velvet), it did not look very good. So I am forced to use the remains of fabric to make bias tape. I do not have a tutorial for how to do this, so I’ll be posting one on it soon.
But if you are using bamboo knit or ITY knit go ahead and use the double elastic as it is much easier to sew. On how to apply this stretchable bias tape on the neckline please see the tutorial above.
4. Sew The Hem
The sleeves’ hem is 1″ — fold 1/2″ twice then sew.
The bottom of the top’s hem is 1/2″.
It’s that simple to complete this long sleeves t-shirt pattern to create a top that is both functional and comfortable.
Why a long sleeve top? Well, I am currently in quarantine in Santiago, Chile, and the weather is turning cold with the early autumn. So I know very soon I will have to wear warm clothing even inside the house because the houses in this country are not built for a cold winter.
The other reason is, if I have to venture outside I’d rather wear long sleeves so I can be more protected and just come home and immediately change and wash the clothes in hot water and soap. Hence my need for a pattern that can be used with different prints.
I plan on teaming up this top with the palazzo pants below for a chic relaxed look at home.
I hope everybody is staying safe and healthy. This pattern would make a great first project, with so many people staying home it’s a great time to encourage someone you know to take up sewing as a new hobby.
Anyways, until next time, Happy Sewing!
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