Friday, April 19, 2013

Cap Sleeve Copycat Tee

This is just a quick post that I'm getting in under the wire for Made by Rae's Spring Top Sewalong!

I decided to use this bare yard of the lovely Retro Botanical Mix printed cotton knit from Girl Charlee to recreate one of my favorite tops in my wardrobe.  The features I love about it are:

1.  Slightly gathered cap sleeve
2.  Longer than your average t-shirt
3.  self-belted

So I just cut around the shape of that top to get my pattern, making sure to extend the shoulders so I could make a gathered cap sleeve, serged the side seams and shoulder seams, did a zig-zag hem at the bottom, gathered the shoulders slightly, and added a binding using this AWESOME method from Kitschy Coo.  Then I made a little tube of fabric out of the same knit I used for the binding, and decided not to attach it to the top or add any belt loops so that I can move the belt around for different effects:

To be clear, I still have a waist in #3--just no waistband ;)

Since the knit was stretchy enough, I just sewed it closed so I have to slip it on over the shirt, but I decided to do it that way instead of making a strip long enough to tie because the knot always bothers me when I'm leaning back against something.  But a  strip long enough to tie would work great too--and then you'd have the option of tying it in the front as well!

Here's the back view:

This may just be my favorite thing I've sewn for myself yet!  Thanks for the inspiration, Rae!


  1. Super lovely blog!


    1. Thanks for checking it out! Love your style, so it's great to hear.

  2. Cute! I love the fabric you chose.
    Jill Made It


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