Charlie with short sleeves!

I wanted to see if I could make a short-sleeved version of the Charlie tunic (which is at the top of My List right now, really want to get this out there before Spring Tops take over my life next week). I honestly wondered if it would look alright with short sleeves or just be kind of weird. You can be the judge I suppose but I think this is pretty fantastic. I love the retroish look of the sleeve facings and this froggy print is really really cute (Rachel of Retrolabs brought this to last summers’ Weekend Sewing workshop and she gave me a piece, thank you Rachel!!!). The goal for today is to put a short-sleeved cutting line onto the pattern pieces, the other versions I’ve made have all been long-sleeved.

pretty sure this fabric is out of print

In case you can’t tell, this shirt is meant to be a shirt for a boy (although in the back of my head I am always thinking gender-neutral so Ms C can wear it too in a few years). The question now is if he will wear it? Elliot pre-approved the froggy print, but then took one look at the finished top and said (and this is in his words) “I want you to cut off the red and orange parts. I want JUST the green frogs, Mama.” Waaaaaaaah? Seriously child? You are killing me here! Worry not, you shall see a picture of a child in this shirt, even if it takes an entire Hershey bar.

23 thoughts on “Charlie with short sleeves!

  1. I love it! Great fabric.

    I have a question as I have wanted to refashion a LS blouse of my daughters and put little cuffs on the sleeves as short sleeve. BUT I am not sure do you cut straight or on an angle? Do you measure from the wrist up or from the shoulder down? any help will be appreciated. thanks

  2. LOL. It can really be a nuisance when they start to have opinions of their own. I love the shirt, though!!

  3. This looks great in short sleeve. I keep thinking about your other posts on this shirt. I cant wait til you are done with the pattern. Isnt it funny how the kids are with fabric. My dtr is the same way. I made her a button down shirt with a fabric that has little red riding hood and the wolf on it and she says its a boy shirt cause it has the boy wolf on it…??? Luckily I made a skirt that goes with it so now it is a "girls" Funny little minds.

  4. ha ha ha! See, therein lies the problem with creating for your children. They begin to think you can do ANYTHING. And they demand anything, too. Love it, though! The short sleeves look great.

  5. Boys will be boys 🙂 I love the shirt and will try to make my boys one "with green frogs". 🙂

  6. I LOVE what you did with this froggie fabric! Fantastic shirt! And thanks for the link! 🙂

  7. Our kids crack me up, but it is quite an honor to think that they believe we can make anything!!!

    love the shirt!

  8. I love the shirt and think it is definitely boy. Question do you know where I might be able to get that fabric? I am working on a baby quilt using woodland characters, orange, green and brown and this would be a perfect addition. Thanks.

  9. Love it. Wanted to make a Charlie since Celebrate the Boy month (thank you btw)and have been also thinking that I really need to make some summer pjs for my Bean Boy. This short sleeved version is perfect! Even have a light tshirt of mine I will use (something in my washer's been poking holes in my clothes dammit). Now I just need the contrast material – guess I'll have to go fabric shopping. Oh darn.

  10. Can't wait for the pattern for this shirt! I love them all. I think this shirt can be boy or girl. I have 2 boys I want to make it for, but I bet my niece would like one too.

  11. The Charly tunic is so absolutely cute I am at loss for words! And I am so looking forward to the pattern just as many others obviously! Thank you so much Rae for sharing your phantastic ideas with us. Greetings from Germany

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