T-shirt with pleats in sleeve

by | Apr 19, 2021 | drafting, pattern drafting, top | 6 comments

Thank you all so very much for your lovely comments on the coat for my daughter. It’s so nice to read them and know that you see and appreciate the kind of work that is involved. It’s a pity that I don’t have photos of her wearing the finished coat, but I will try to get some to share with you.

Like I said it was time for a less complicated project. Actually my head was spinning last week with all kinds of sewing plans. I cut a mini capsule (jacket and two bottoms) and made two t-shirts. The last items I’m sharing in this post today.

This top is shown in Burda magazine as part of an outfit. It only helps to show the skirt, for which a pattern is provided. There is no pattern for the top. Someone mentioned she liked the top so much and that is was a pity there was no pattern for it. After studying the photo I concluded it wasn’t that difficult to copy:  wide sleeve, pleats in the upper part of the sleeve and gathered to the cuff. The rest of the top is any basic t-shirt.

I hadn’t really noticed this top before, I quite liked it too and wanted to make it for myself. The red version is the “muslin”, I wanted to be sure about the draft and the look of it on me before cutting in the other fabric.

Below you find the way I changed the sleeve pattern to have the pleats and space to gather to the cuff. I expect the lady who mentioned the top will make one very soon too. 

I traced the sleeve belonging to the t-shirt pattern (from an old Ottobre magazine). For the length I took the length of my upper arm. That way I hoped I would have enough to get the sleeve puff over the cuff a little. I traced 3 lines both left and right from the shoulder point. These lines indicate where the pleats will come. 

I cut the sleeve apart along these 6 lines and distributed them with a little distance (about 2,5/3 cm), keeping the points that have to match again later at roughly the same height.

I pleated the paper pattern, pinned the pleats together and cut along the sleeve line.

The sleeve pattern as used in the two shirts.


For the cuff I took the circumference of my arm just above the elbow,

I went for a walk at the end of the afternoon. Spotted these ducklings, always such a cute sight. Spring!



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  1. Patti

    Gorgeous. I always love your makes.

  2. Gabe

    Great pattern matching on the stripes!

  3. Jannie

    Geweldig mooi en fijn, dat je met ons deelt hoe je dit gedaan hebt

  4. Dorothé

    Ik had al een preview gehad op IG, maar nu achter de pc kan ik makkelijker reageren. Het is precies de manier waarop ik heb geleerd de schouderkop aan te passen.
    Ze zien er erg leuk uit. Die rode vind ik echt wow. Zelf maakte ik een dergelijke ceintuur als op je voorbeeld. Het is echt heel eenvoudig en draagbaar bij veel kleding.

  5. Vicki

    Thanks for sharing. It’s a really cute tshirt.

  6. Sharon

    A very pretty top and love the way you have shown us the way to achieve the same look, thank you very much.


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