The idea for a sleeve expansion started with a sweatshirt hack I made for myself. (The tutorial for drafting the sleeve yourself is still available here.) I wear this sweatshirt all the time. It inspired me to think of different kinds of sleeves that could be added to the Ultraviolet Tee that complemented the simplicity and oversized shape of the tee.
If you’re wanting to keep the same lightweight vibe as the original tee but just want a bit more interest, you can add on a short sleeve (which brings it to about elbow length), a cuffed sleeve, or a cuffed sleeve with a tab. You can add some sun coverage with lightweight fabrics by making a straight, tapered, or batwing sleeve. And of course you can make colder weather wear with heavier fabrics using any of the long sleeves. All the full length sleeves come already drafted in short, average, and long lengths so no length adjustments are necessary! (Remember that our Ultraviolet Tee pattern comes in sizes 0-24, cup sizes A-F so most bodies won’t need adjustments there either!)
One really fun thing about the sleeve pack is that it greatly increases the number of fabrics that work for the Ultraviolet Tee. Sweatshirting, ponte, sweater knits, even woven woolens like our model Barbara is wearing work beautifully. This really turns the tee into a year-round pattern making it even more perfect for Every Day Dress Up!
I’m kinda obsessed with the button tabbed version of the cuffed sleeve (which I recently made similarly for myself on my aladdin sane shirt) and I can’t wait for warm weather to arrive again to make myself a few Ultraviolet Tees like this. Of course I couldn’t wait for cold weather to get here so I could wear new sweatshirt versions, so pretty much I’m always waiting for the next chance to wear new handmade clothes!
I got asked by a lot of people about this shirt when we released our Citrus Leggings pattern and I’m happy to tell you now it’s the batwing sleeve option included in the sleeve expansion pack!
Of course no pattern release is possible without help from awesome volunteer testers, so thanks to all who helped me, including some of the fine folks below!
“The tee and sleeve expansion pack are perfect for a comfy outfit for out and about and lounging around! The pack makes this already versatile tee even more useful!” Find Abigail on her blog or Instagram.
“I love it, it feels like me, in fact when I asked my daughter what she thought as I was playing with the sleeves she said it was so me she hadn’t realised it was new. It feels totally like everyday dress up as it has features like the scooped hem and large sleeves which feel so very now, whilst being comfortable and a flattering fit.” Find Anna on Instagram.
“Loved this easy to put together pattern and definitely feel it gives me enough wearing ease that even nursing is not a problem.” Find Joy on Instagram.
“It’s a nice quick sew and a good casual piece for my wardrobe.” Find Kelly on Instagram.
“It’s a super quick make, it only took me three hours from cutting to wearing it (incl. french seams). I think it offers sooo many options for every occasion and is a great starting point for beginners and leaves enough room for more experienced sewists.” Find Linda on Instagram.
“The ultra violet tee with tapered sleeves were just the right pattern for one of my fabrics that have been hiding in my fabric pile way to long. I think it will work just as well over a pencil skirt for a party as over a bikini and shorts in the summer. I like that the sleeve extension gives you a more versatile pattern that fits for making clothes for all year around.” Find Linnea on Instagram.
“I really enjoyed sewing this pattern, the high low hem is lovely and I loved that it’s a pattern for wovens and knits. I chose to do the sleeve with cuff and tabs. They fit just above my elbows and is very comfortable and the pattern fitted wonderfully.” Find Michelle on Instagram.
“It’s so quick to make and an easy fit. I think it’s a perfect staple pattern for people- and in particular love that it has woven and knit options which a lot of patterns of this shape lack (being one or the other). It’s also a great stash buster!” Find Rumana on her blog or Instagram.
“The sleeve expansion pack makes this pattern the perfect tool for all your tee needs. The versatility is endless. The pattern and the instructions are well written and the versatility of the pattern makes it a one stop shop for all my top needs.” Find Simone on Instagram.
Su says “I like the design, it’s a very comfortable easy shape. I’m pleased I made it in cosy brushed cotton so I can wear it as an extra layer as we are heading into winter. When I tried it on with nothing underneath, it felt like lovely pyjamas. It also reminds me of traditional artist or fisherman smocks, loose practical garments with a similar drop shoulder.”