Sleeve lengths

Thanks for all the lovely comments about what I am going to have to call the Star Trek dress from now on!

My next project was a very plain long-sleeved T-shirt made from black wool jersey. I still buy T-shirts in the shops but it’s very difficult to find ones that are long enough in the body that I don’t get icy draughts around my middle. I haven’t found any I’ve really liked for a while so I thought I’d make one.

I have a T-shirt pattern that I adapted from McCalls 2401 a while ago by pinning the darts closed and tracing round it. I’d made a couple of T-shirts from it and knew it fitted OK, so I just put it on the jersey and cut it out, automatically adding an extra couple of inches length to body and sleeves as I usually do.

I’d obviously already added length to the original pattern before I traced it, because here’s the sleeve on the finished T-shirt. Bear in mind I’m bending my arm to be able to take the picture; with my hands by my sides you can just about see my fingertips.

Even if I hemmed it, which I wasn’t intending to do, the sleeves would still be unusually long.

On reflection I actually quite like the effect. I have permanently cold hands and it’s very cozy. But I do look forward to the day I cut out a pattern and it comes out the length I intended.

3 thoughts on “Sleeve lengths

  1. I too have problems with finding tops that are long enough, I always have a vest showing underneath to keep me warm. I really like the long sleeves, you should definitely keep them that way.
    Where do you buy your wool jersey? I really want to buy some, but can’t find it anywhere.

    1. This jersey was from Cloth House on Berwick Street in London. They have two shops. The one with all the knits is at the end of the street opposite Borovik Fabrics; the one about halfway down the street does their cotton wovens.

      They have lots of lovely wool jersey but the prices are a bit steep so I only go there when I have something very definite in mind. Having said that, I’ve never regretted anything I bought there!

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