Layered Sleeve Parker’s T-shirt for My Toddler

When an arctic blast hit the Midwest last week, I found my youngest boy’s drawer to be lacking in long sleeved shirts. Apparently, his big brothers went through this size during warmer months. Luckily, I had some boyish knit in my stash and could whip up a Parker’s Vintage Fit T-shirt for him.


I chose to make the layered long sleeve option, as mentioned at the bottom of page 7 in the pattern. I thought this mechanic’s tools print needed a little contrast to break it up and layering the sleeves was the perfect way to tie in the red pocket and neckband.

As I was finishing, I called my son over to try it on and he was so excited that my latest project was just for him! “Boo-tiful!” he exclaimed. He cried when I took the shirt off him to finish hemming the sleeves, lol. He’s not quite 2.5 years old and fits into a 3t everywhere except his short arms, so I had to shorten them a little (and they’re still a bit long, but I’m calling it growing room).

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When my middle son noticed that the white outlines on the blue are race cars, he insisted that his brother HAD to wear his Lightning McQueen jeans with his new shirt. It’s kinda fun when the kids want to help style our photo shoots for the blog. 🙂

I love the fit of Parker’s Vintage Fit T-Shirt. It’s so nice to have a slimmer option than the wide store-bought shirts. My 4-year-old is now insisting he needs another new shirt … guess I’ll add it to my list!

Happy Sewing!!  ~  Joelle

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