SSW / Aurora Borealis Tee

 I hate to play favorites, but I have to say that this is quite possibly my favorite handmade clothing item to date.
It was one of those times when an inspiration online + a vision in my head + actual execution all came together to = near perfection.

{Photo Credit:: Jamie Hudson Photo}

Here’s a little of the back story:

On a whim at JoAnns I bought this sequin covered gray knit {in there ‘designer name’ section} because it was 50% off making it $5/yd. I bought 2 YDS and stashed it away.
On a whim at Target I bought a gray waffle-knit tee for my Sweets because it was 75% making it less than $5. I brought it home and he reminded me he already had 2 other similar shirts. So I stashed it away with my knits.

Then I remembered this image I’d pinned for sewing inspiration::

SSW Aurora Inspiration Pin {Pin / Original Source: Alder T-Shirt by Aritzia}

Which made me think of the waffle knit tee + the sequin knit {which happened to be an almost perfect match of gray … not easy you know, there being 50+ shades of gray}. Oh yeah, you can see where this was headed …


Aurora Borealis Tee by Knitty Bitties
Aurora Tee / Hey June Patterns
c/o Indie Sew as part of their 2015 blogger team

View B / Size Small

Modifications to original pattern:

– I used the sequined knit for the main front and back pieces {view B}

– For the inset side accents, I cut the pieces from the main body of the waffle knit tee

– I used the existing sleeves of the waffle knit tee for the Aurora sleeves, cutting them down to match the pattern
– I cut off the existing cuffs on the waffle knit tee
– I reduced the length of the sleeves to adjust for the cuffs I was adding (I think maybe 2-3″ … I like to keep my sleeves a bit longer to accompany my monkey arms} and then adjusted the width of the cuff bands to match the new bottom width  of the sleeve
– I used the existing neck facing on the waffle knit tee and cut it down to match the pattern
– I finished the sleeve openings on the sequin knit / main body + the bottom of the waffle knit sleeve with my serger as these were going to be exposed (mimicking the look of the inspiration t-shirt)
– I attached the top of the sleeve + the cuff by placing them inside the sleeve opening + bottom of the waffle knit sleeve (so right side facing wrong side)
– I finished the hem with my serger


That’s it! Really simple modifications that just took a little extra brain power!

I love the contrast of the two fabrics and the fact that I can dress this shirt up or down … and did I mention it is SO comfy and very flattering with its loose fitting waist!

Other outfit details:
Jeans // Shoes // Necklace

Linking up with WIWW.

A BIG THANK YOU to: Indie Sew {pattern} & Jamie Hudson Photography {photos}


  1. Such a cute casual top!

  2. Andrea! I love this! It turned out amazing!

  3. rachael {imagine gnats} says:

    love it!!!

  4. Wow! I can’t believe you made this! It’s so awesome! Amazing job! The only thing I can do with my sewing machine is take things in and hem. haha!!

  5. That’s amazing!! I love the touches of sequins :)

    Found your blog via the linkup. I’d love for you to see my latest or let me know if you’d like to connect on social media. :)

    Life in the Fash Lane

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