Convert a Summer favorite into a Fall Staple

rosalie ruffle tee

You’ve spent the last 4 month stashing summer patterns. What happens now that back to school has hit and the temps will get cooler? How about a quick pattern hack to extend the life of your pattern? I made the cute Rosalie Ruffle summer tee into a long sleeve top in just a few quick steps. rosalie ruffle tee Sleeves are not universal. So simply inserting a sleeve from another pattern won’t work, that would make this a short tutorial! Good new is this update will only add about 5 minutes to your sewing time. Not bad, worth it right? Lets get started.

Here is what you will need:

*The sleeve pattern from your summer top

*The full length sleeve pattern, if your summer top is a knit choose a fall knit pattern same with woven

*Tracing paper of your preference (tracing paper, freezer paper, wrapping paper, ect)

The cap of the Rosalie Teeย is gathered.(affiliate link) I want to keep that look, but I also want to give this girly top a bit of a sporty look with a cuff.

For this reason I’m using a combination of the Rosalie Tee sleeve, the long sleeve Winter PJ sleeve (affiliate link), and freezer paper.

If you want to add a cuff, but don’t have a pattern in your collection already you can always subtract the length of your cuff off the pattern (don’t forget to account for seam allowances) Making short sleeve top into long sleeve top ย  1. Line up the top of your sleeve caps. Place your short sleeve on top.

girls long sleeve pattern2. Line up your pattern pieces on their fold lines. Do you see the difference? We’re going to make that work next. Because of my different sleeve styles I’ve got a big difference, yours might be much smaller.

make short sleeves long3. Break out your ruler. Redraw the line from your under arm down. Create a gradual slant to blend in any extra width.

short sleeve pattern to long sleeve 4. Finish tracing all around your sleeves. You now have a long sleeve pattern piece for your short sleeve top!

rosalie ruffle teeWhat is your favorite way to extend your use of a pattern?

Happy Sewing,


{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Teresa August 27, 2013, 9:01 am

    I love a good hack! And this top is super cute. I love all the ruffles combined with the cuffed sleeves!

  • Jill Flory August 27, 2013, 9:12 am

    Great tutorial! This shirt is so cute!

  • Amy Mayen August 27, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I have been trying so many new things since I’ve been reading your blog. This is a great tut, I pinned it. I feel dumb…I never thought it would be so easy!

  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures August 27, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Genius! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Jenya August 28, 2013, 5:13 am

    What a cute top ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to be able to ‘extend’ the life span of fav tops, hey ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy Mayen August 29, 2013, 12:05 am

    Btw…I love that fabric. I’m making a hang out hoodie and my knit collection sucks! I popped over to see if you have any fabric affiliates.

  • Pam August 31, 2013, 3:58 am

    Gorgeous fabric and a cute top!!!

  • Donna (Crippled Crafter) September 1, 2013, 8:58 am

    Just the tutorial I’ve been looking for!! I always wear long sleeves but can never find them when I need them, now EVERYTHING will be converted!!!

  • April September 2, 2013, 10:02 am

    Ooh, thanks for this! I have the worst luck with self-drafted sleeves but this looks pretty easy!

  • Katie Goldsworthy September 4, 2013, 12:17 pm

    You are so talented! I love it! Thnaks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

  • Diana Rambles September 4, 2013, 9:54 pm

    Great idea!! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

  • Heather Feather September 4, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Ooh I definitely need this! I’m about to start making a bunch of long sleeves for Henry! Thanks for the quick, awesome tutorial!
    That bird fabric is adorable by the way and looks great ruffled!

  • Meegan September 5, 2013, 1:15 pm

    I am loving this tutorial. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! I can’t wait to see more of your creativity! xoxo

  • Sumo September 6, 2013, 11:24 pm

    Such a great tip, and what a great way to extend the use of your patterns! Love the fabric on this shirt, too. I’ll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow.

    Thanks for linking up to the Block Party!

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