Exhibit 6: Striped Flashback Tee with puff sleeve

This week, as part of my personal countdown to KCWC, I’m throwing pictures at the blog of things I’ve made for the kids this year that never got blogged. It’s my own little challenge, to try and “clean out the virtual closet” before I go and make more clothes for them next week. I’ll even show you some of the new kids patterns I’ve been working on. Fun Fun!



Last week when I posted the Puff Sleeve Tutorial for the Flashback Tee, I gave you a sneak peak at this striped tee and showed how to add the puff sleeve. Here’s a few more pictures:

striped tee


I used elastic shirring to gather the end of the sleeve, just one line around the cuff. I also shirred about 2″ at the center of the front neckline to gather up the neckline a bit before adding an inside binding finish that’s just a 1″ strip of knit fabric, sewn around the neckline and then flipped to the inside and stitched down again. If you’ve never tried this type of neckline finish with knits, I recommend it…it looks really nice. I want to try using it for a hem finish sometime too.

Striped tee

She loves this shirt. She’s worn it twice since I finished it last week. Makes me wonder if the breakdown for her is between knits vs. wovens (at least for tops, woven pants never bother her) or just that she prefers shirts over dresses? Hard to say. Time for a more scientific approach! will report back!!

Striped tee

I keep getting questions about this fabric. This knit stripe is one of my very favorites, ever. I ordered it from this shop in South Korea, so there’s a longer shipping wait time (due to customs) and higher shipping cost than most of us are accustomed to, so if you order there, be sure to try and fill the shipping envelope exactly to maximize the shipping cost. Totally worth it to have this lovely fabric though, especially if you order a few others at the same time.

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6 thoughts on “Exhibit 6: Striped Flashback Tee with puff sleeve

  1. Love the top – and wow, that fabric!
    My 4 yr old has a ‘thing’ for knits – she is not keen on woven clothing at all, which does not thrill me! Her preferred outfit – leggings and a knit top/dress….sigh…..

  2. This knit will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

    Do you cut the binding strip shorter than the neckline, or just make sure the neckline is cut high enough in the first place?

    • I actually start with a strip as long as the neckline, and stretch slightly as I go…so it ends up shorter, but I don’t pin it all in place, just make sure I stretch lightly/evenly. Not really exact, but I just overlap the end once I get back to where I started. I’d say there’s usually about 2″ extra when I’m done?

  3. Hey Rae! Can you explain the binding a bit more? I don’t suppose you have a close-up picture? Do you stitch the binding wrong side to the shirt wrong side?

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