Pattern Test: Wardrobe Builder Tee

by | Apr 30, 2016 | Clothing, Women | 2 comments

Right before my husband and I sold our house and moved states, I tested the Wardrobe Builder Tee from Wardrobe by Me.  I’ve been wanting a versatile well drafted pattern for T-shirts to make my own shirts.  I completed three versions after making two muslins.  I made size 4 even though my measurements suggested I blend a 4 and 6.
The pattern has just about every option you would want for a basic wardrobe.  5 necklines (crew, scoop, deep scoop, boat, and v-neck), 5 sleeve lengths (cap, short, half, 3/4, and long-but you could also make it sleeveless which some testers did), 3 length options (regular, extra length, and curved), as well as a ruching option.
All of the shirts I made were long sleeve since it was winter here.  I loved the length of the sleeve.  I also really liked the regular length for the shirt.  The extra length was too much for me and I didn’t try out the curved hem.  And I made the regular scoop neck for all of my shirts and really like where those hit.  I’m not sure the deep scoop or the v-neck are right for me (I’m not comfortable showing cleavage), but I can see myself adjusting them to be a bit more conservative for my taste.
What I’m not so sure about is the fit of the shoulders, under arms, and neckline.  The shoulders were too narrow for my wide shoulders, I seemed to get some wrinkles under the arm into the bust, and the neck band has some slight pulling on two of my versions.
Ruched Side T-shirt


My final shirts were made out of 2 way stretch ponte, a clearance find that looked like jacquard,
and some interlock with no recovery layered with a stretch lace.  The first two materials were both thicker, stiffer knits with strong recovery.  I think the slight pulling along the neckline in those versions is because of those materials because the necklines on my muslins were fine.


I tried making a Wide Shoulder Adjustment by extending the seam on the top of the shoulders Green Lace Wardrobe Builder Tout by 1.25 inches and adjusting the armscye.  That adjustment helped the sleeve to hit at an appropriate place on my shoulder, but then the seam where the sleeve attaches started poking up, making a funny box look.

Wrinkles Under Bust

I sometimes get some wrinkles under my armpits after lifting my arms up.  Maybe my fabric is causing some of those puckering/wrinkling problems.  I’ll need to make some more versions in different knit to decide.  Since I haven’t been able to try the pattern in something like a cotton lycra yet (painting, decluttering, paring down my workspace to the bare essentials…) I haven’t really formed my opinion of the pattern.  Maybe not as helpful of a post without a clear yes or no to the pattern, but I want to get all this information out before I forgot it all.


  • Pattern: Wardrobe Builder T
  • Designer: Wardrobe By Me
  • Style:T-Shirt with lots of options including ruching on one side
  • Fabric: Knit
  • Size Range: 2-16
  • Size made: 4
  • Lengths: 2-Long and Extra Long as well as a curved hem option
  • Sleeve lengths: 5-Long, 3/4, 1/2, Short, and Cap.
  • Sleeves cut on Fold: Yes
  • Alterations/Hacks: Wide Shoulder Adjustment
  • Clear Instructions: Easy to follow with illustrations
  • Seam Allowance: 3/8″
  • Layers: Yes
  • Trimless: Yes
  • Dislikes or desired changes? Wrinkles by bust
  • Sew again?  Yes – I plan to try getting a better fit in the shoulders and bust by using a Cotton Lycra knit
  • Would you recommend it to others? Not Yet Determined.