Ottobre stripey Tees for the girls

Since the Portuguese Bloggers Sew Ottobre that I wanted to make these tees for the girls, in fact this was one of my options, but at the time I thought the shirts I’ve made would be used more. The thing is, now it is the perfect weather to use them and I had this fantastic fabric asking to become tees, so I just had to. 😉

The pattern is the number 25 from issue 1/2015. Don’t ask me why, but I love a boat-neckline so this tee easily caught my attention, also the sleeves are very cute (I will be talking about to the sleeves later!).




For M I made the size 116 cm and for F size 122 cm. Both girls are between sizes, but I opted to size up and I don’t regret it.




I did cut the pattern according to the instructions but, I had to made a change in the sleeves. According to the pattern the sleeve should have an elastic to make the gathering but, I wasn’t able to make it! I’ve used this technique before with woven and had no problems at all but with knits it was a completely different story. I had to stretch the elastic and sew, but because the fabric is also stretchy it wouldn’t move it was stitching in the same place and ruining the fabric. So I tried a couple of times, didn’t work and I just cropped the fabric to make them straight sleeves, which I was really sorry because the gathered sleeve was one of the details that caught my attention to this pattern. If anyone has any recommendation to make it work, I will really appreciate. 🙂




Another thing that did not went accordingly to the plan was the hem. After cutting the fabric and before sewing the tees I met Marta (DoGuincho) and we talked about this pattern, so I knew this was likely to happen and it did! I used the serger then fold up, press and stitched but the hem keeps turning out! Next time, like Marta suggested I will keep the hem straight and not curved!




The fabric used is a jersey from here, that I really love the quality and colours. I’ve also made shirts for me using this fabrics, so it is very likely that you will be seeing more of these around here.



Although things did not go quite well as planned I still like the tees and they will certainly be getting a lot of use. As you can see the girls aren’t really bothered if the sleeves are gathered or not or even if the hem is turning out! They had a blast that day. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Ottobre stripey Tees for the girls

  1. To be honest I wouldn’t notice these if you didn’t mentioned – these tees are perfect!
    The girls look gorgeous and I’m sure they will wear/love them to pieces ❤


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Ana Sofia 🙂 The sleeves are not noticeable is just a change to the instructions 😉 but the hem turning upsets me a little, but like you say they love them!


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Maria 🙂 I found the detail in the sleeves cute but I guess they look good as they are as well.


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Jenya 🙂 You are right they don’t mind as a matter of fact they would probably start complaining that it was itching! Lol


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Patrícia 🙂 You are right, for them is perfect as it is and learning is always a wonderful thing, even when you learn from mistakes!


  2. I’ve made the Oliver + s Sailboat tee in knits several times, and one thing I like about it is that the curved hem has a facing, rather than just a hem. I think a straight hem with a deeper turn-up would also lie flatter. But a lot of my kids’ RTW t-shirts turn up at the hem, so also, don’t be too hard on yourself!

    For the sleeves, I find it works better if you’re feeding the elastic and fabric through the serger, but it really takes some practice to get the “feel” of it! It can be hard with super stretchy fabric, for sure.


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much for your comment and help Inder 🙂 I also have the Sailboat pattern, but only made the skirt. Next I need to try the tee!
      Never occurred to me doing the gathering with the serger! I need to try it and like you said practise a lot before. 🙂


      • Oh, when I gather the sleeves like this, using clear elastic on my serger, I always do it flat! I don’t think it’s possible to do in the round. So do it before you sew the side seam/arm seam. Just in case my suggestion was confusing. 🙂

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