handmade gray button-sleeve tee
As part of the discussion on sewing for your style, I wanted to share this little t-shirt I finished a few months back. It’s neutral, it’s comfy, and the little sleeve buttons make it a little bit exciting. It fits all my “wearable” criteria, and I wear it all the time.
The pattern was simple: I had a t-shirt that I loved, a simple 3/4-sleeve tee with little button tabs at the end of each sleeve. It had seen years of constant wear and was on its way out of my wardrobe. But since it was such a favorite, it skipped the Goodwill pile, and I chopped it apart to create a new pattern.
I love using an existing article of clothing as my pattern, because I know that, if I sew it correctly, it will fit. And this little tee was no exception.
You can see here the best proof of its wearability: I packed it on my trip to San Francisco! Any handmade shirt that makes it into a suitcase is a winner, for sure.
The buttons… can you guess? They came from my stash of Aunt Jeanie’s buttons. That little green Stride Rite box is my go-to, and it sure didn’t fail me this time: I love these buttons. They’re thicker than a standard button, with a gold edge and an opalescent center. They’re perfect for classing up this plain gray tee.
And do you see that cover stitch around the neck? My serger is my favorite thing in the whole world.
The pattern’s all ready for my next attempt, and I think I’m going to strive for something closer to the original: stripes!
Have a great weekend!
Just ran into you sewing blog last night and wanted to send you a note, love it! Your really are a joy to read. You also did an excellent job on the remake of this tee. Just when you think you’ve read every sewing blog there is, your happily surprised to find another that’s worth putting on your must read list! Good job Sam.
So beautiful. I am not a professional tailor. I want to buy one mini sewing machine to stitch only old cloths. Please tell me which brand is good?