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Jarrah hack idea: short sleeve tee, two ways

Short sleeve Jarrah hack

Hey everyone, It’s Holly! You may know that I absolutely love the Jarrah tee and sweater pattern. I have made sooooo many versions. But my most made version is actually a really simple hack – a short sleeve tee! Jarrah makes the most perfect slouchy, boxy, drop shoulder tee. And I am obsessed with it. So today I’m going to show you how to make one yourself – two different ways! One with turned under edges, and one with banded edges. So let’s get started, yes?

// Version 1 – basic //

This version is the most basic construction using only the existing Jarrah pattern. We will do this by just turning under the hem and armhole edge and stitching. Just note – if using view C or D (straight hem), this version doesn’t include the hem band. So unless you want a cropped tee (which is cute too!), I would extend the length of the front and back pattern by a couple of inches before cutting out of your fabric.

This version also works with the curved hem or tie hem, too!

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsTo start, place your front and back pieces together and sew along the shoulder seams and side seams. Finish the raw edges with your preferred method.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsAttach the neckband. Refer to the instruction booklet or this post if you need help with this.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow we need to finish the raw edge of the armholes. We are going to do this by just simply turning under the hem once.

If you are familiar with working with knits, you may know that you don’t necessarily need to finish the raw edge of knits because they don’t fray like wovens. But if you do like clean finishes, you can choose to finish the raw edge with your preferred method. If you use a serger/overlock like above, make sure you just finish the edge, and not cut off any excess fabric.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsWhether you finish the edge or not, simply turn under towards the wrong side of the fabric by 1/4″ (6mm) and press.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsUse a zig-zag stitch or double needle to sew along the armhole, close to the folded-in edge.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow do the same with the hem!

You can choose to finish the raw edge or not.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn under the hem towards the wrong side of the fabric by 1/4″ (6mm) and press.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsUse a zig-zag stitch or double needle to sew along the hem, close to the folded-in edge.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsAnd that’s it! The simplest, basic, perfectly slouchy tee.

// Version 2 – sleeve and hem bands //

This version finishes the edge of the armholes and hem with bands. I love this version with stripes so you can play with stripe direction!

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsMeasure the length of the armhole on the Front pattern piece. Let’s call this measurement A.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsAlso, measure the armhole of the Back pattern piece. This will be B.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsCreate a rectangular pattern piece where the length is measurement A + B – 1/2″ (1.2cm), and the width is 3 1/2(8.8cm).

This is your sleeve cuff pattern piece. Cut 2 from your fabric.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsJust like with the first version, place your front and back pieces together and sew along the shoulder seams and side seams. Finish the raw edges with your preferred method.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsAttach the neckband. Refer to the instruction booklet or this post if you need help with this.

Now let’s work on the armhole bands.

Fold one armhole band in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch down the short end 1/4″ (6mm) from the raw edge using a zig-zag stitch or serger.

Press the seam open (or to one side if sewn with a serger).

Now fold your band in half with wrong sides together, so that the raw edges of the seam are enclosed. Press.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsMark where the seam is, as well as exactly halfway around the band.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace your tee in front of you with the right side of the fabric facing out.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace your folded band around the armhole of the tee, right sides together.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsMatch up the seam of the band with the side seam of the tee.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsAnd match up the other marking on the band with the shoulder seam of the tee.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsLine up the raw edges and finish pinning around the entire armhole.

Stitch together 1/4″ (6mm) from the raw edge, and finish the raw edge with your preferred method (if you would like).

Press the seam towards the tee.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsRepeat for the other armhole.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsFor the hem band, you can use the included Hem Band pattern piece, and attach it exactly as directed in the instruction booklet or refer to this post.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsTa-da!

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsHere you can see the two different versions next to each other.

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsAnd here is another version I’ve made. This one has extra-wide arm bands, and extra-wide turned under hem using a twin needle (I just extended the pattern length by about 3-4″ (7.5-10cm so I could turn it under more.)

how to sew a short sleeve tee with the Jarrah sweater sewing pattern by Megan Nielsen PatternsFeel free to mix and match the different finishes! And I would love to see a version made with the curved hem or tie hem. If you make one yourself, please share with us!

Megan Nielsen Jarrah sweater sewing pattern // modular pattern with four included variations

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Christine Smith
Christine Smith
1 year ago

Love this hack. Especially the banded version. It certainly gives a whole new look. The stripes are very effectively used in the bands.

Anita
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1 year ago

We love that version too Christine! So simple but so effective!

Angelia
Angelia
1 year ago

I love the Jarrah! Made a muslin for my Bonus Daughter out of Jersey knit and color blocked it. She loves it! I am looking forward to making many more including this back version!!

Anita
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1 year ago
Reply to  Angelia

So happy she loves her Jarrah, Angelia!

Rosalind
Rosalind
1 year ago

I’ve made one for myself and one for my daughter with cuffs – we both wear them all the time!

Meg
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Meg
1 year ago
Reply to  Rosalind

I’m so happy to hear this Rosalind! This is honestly my favourite hack, it makes such a great tee! xo