Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills

March 28, 2017

I don’t want to jinx myself by saying this out loud but I think Spring has finally made its way to upstate New York! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I kind of hate blogging during the winter months. I know hate is a strong word but I really, really struggle to go through the motions of sharing my projects when it’s snowy and dark. But, that hasn’t stopped me from sewing and knitting! I have at least five un-blogged projects that I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve made since January, probably more than that, but here’s my most recent make – The Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills.

I found this pattern via Pinterest on a list of free t-shirt patterns and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but it’s free so what could it hurt to try it out, right? I tried a similar shirt a while back, the Fen Tee by Fancy Tiger Crafts, but I didn’t like how the shoulder seams sat on me or the overall balance of that particular pattern on my frame. This pattern sits muuuuuch better on me right off the bat and I really love the silhouette of Elise! It’s skinnier at the bottom and widest at the shoulder, which I thought might be a strange proportion for me but I really find it quite flattering! …and really, really ridiculously comfortable. Secret pajamas for the win!

I had this super drape-y, light weight performance knit in my stash that I originally bought for leggings but it’s too thin for bottoms so a shirt it was destined to become. I buy most of my knits from DenverFabrics.com because they’re affordable and even when I get yardage that isn’t what I was expecting, it’s still perfectly usable as something else. In this case I ended up with a pretty stylish, super comfortable shirt in a DryFit type fabric which will be ideal as the weather gets warmer! I’d link to the fabric but I really can’t remember how it was originally described… maybe it’s this one?

The Elise Tee comes in only three sizes but it’s plenty roomy and I imagine it would fit a much wider range than just S, M, and L. I cut the smallest size and made zero alterations! Though next time I may make a tiny change to the shoulder seam to account for my rounded upper back. The shoulder seams roll to the back a bit with wear but I don’t feel like I’m constantly pulling at my shirt or having to adjust it when I wear it like I did with my Fen Tee.

The only thing I don’t like about this top is my top-stitching. This synthetic fiber doesn’t press well so I stitched the binding down to avoid it flipping in weird directions, but now the sleeves get pointy and stiff in places where they didn’t before I stitched them. Oh well, I have enough fabric to make a second version if I feel like it. Don’t worry, I’m still on #TeamZigZag for top-stitching knits 😉

All of my inside seams and the bottom hem I finished on my serger.

I really love this style of shirt with a sporty bralette underneath because the neckline is so wide you’d see your bra straps no matter what. My only caveat is the fabric is pretty thin and you can see the bra lace and seams right through it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Soooooo if the Elise Tee has been on your radar I highly recommend giving it a try! It’s a free pattern that’s well drafted and I’m sad to see Melissa of Fine Motor Skills hasn’t updated her blog or released any new patterns since 2013. At least not under the name Fine Motor Skills I don’t think. …Melissa? Are you out there? Does anyone know? Am I missing something?

Melissa, if you happen to see this post, I’m super in love with this shirt and thank you for creating it for the masses! You rock!! <3


p.s. there’s a gigantic sneak peak of my next knitting pattern for Home Row Fiber Co in this post, wink wink 😉