Saddle Sleeve Tee

I've not always had my brain in gear for proper work lately, but I've been keeping myself well occupied. Some of it is undoubtedly 'busywork' just so I'm not sitting doing absolutely nothing, but I've decided that is better than nothing on the worst days.

What I have been really enjoying is dressmaking. I'm pleased to say that on most days, school uniform aside, Amelie and I are mostly wearing clothes that I've made. I'm really pleased with that partly because I like the challenge of sewing something that's wearable, but also that it gets us away from fast fashion and the throwaway society that we live in. When you've made something yourself, it stops being disposable and I think we're then much more aware of the value of that garment.

I'm not sure that's yet rubbed off onto Amelie though, she just thinks she goes to school and when she comes home there's a new outfit to wear!

I made this saddle sleeve t-shirt a few weeks ago, but I forgot to blog it. I'd never sewn this sort of shoulder seam before, but I love it! Pattern is from Ottobre, issue 5/2015. The curve makes it more interesting than a raglan, while like a raglan, there's no set in sleeve. This suits me because I'm quite narrow of shoulder so set in sleeves are often drafted too wide for me. This just fits where it sits. The curve looks like it might be tricky to sew but it went just fine.

Fabric was from the Rag Market in Birmingham. It was just a small piece on one of the stalls that sells cut lengths.

Because I just cut the front, back and cuffs, it was economical of fabric and I was even able to get a second t-shirt out of it for my mini me. (She LOVES that we are matching, I try to avoid actually going out with us both wearing the same). Contrast sleeves shows off the curve cut of the shoulders too. I've worn it a lot and will definitely make more.

Back soon,


  1. I love that shoulder and you two are just adorable in your tops. Amelie is just the perfect model too!!

  2. I love the fabric and the top. I have the opposite problem and have what I used to call "swimmer's shoulders" (they aren't quit as fit as they used to be. LOL!). I'm always fidgeting when the shoulders are too tight. Your mini me looks adorable in hers. Take care and know that I am thinking of all of you often.

  3. How adorable you both look...and I LOVE that top!!! It's very flattering and the sleeve is so unique!! Nicely done!!!

  4. Is there anything that you can’t do? You are a genius. Give me a whole month and I throw finally everything in the bin. You are looking very good and the little lovely girl also. The pattern is perfect for you. You are not only making stars, you are THE STAR. Take care of yourself and I keep my fingers crossed for you.

  5. I am really interested in your dressmaking. I have started doing it again but always have such a job finding a pattern. Do you use any others apart from Ottobre. Thank you for continuing to blog, everyone is routing for you Laura.

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