Sunday, February 14

The Perfect Henley Tee- What it means to be a Henley

I have searched and searched for the perfect Henley pattern for years now. I finally came across this one by way of my January Stitch Fix. It was so right I had to duplicate it for future use. I did make an attempt at drafting one before, but I couldn't figure out what fine detail was missing until now. So I went back to the drawing board and self-drafted this tee with the same details that caught my attention in the Stitch Fix version. Now I know, it was the neckline shaping!!
Grey henley t-shirt with sleeve bands and button placket.


So many fine details make up the perfect wardrobe piece. It's a wonder I don't have ten of these by now. I made it about two weeks ago, maybe three. I don't even remember. What I do remember is that I have worn it so many times that one things for sure, is that I better hurry and find some more fabric and get a few more completed, before my family calls the fashion police.
 
Of course there was only a few tweaks I had to make for it to fit me the way I like, and that was the arm circumference. The fabric for future makes need to be very lightweight and breezy for it to feel comfy.  It's really no secret, I'm a button-down and t-shirt kinda gal.  So if I can get it to feel that comfortable, then it will be in heavy rotation in my closet, which is why I needed help for ideas on styling beyond the regular "t-shirt" wear.
For this one, I made the sleeve tabs faux, but next time I will go ahead and put actual buttonholes in them. The main reason for that is I keep trying to unbutton them and lower the sleeves. The button placket is fully functional, just as I wanted with a narrow lightly interfaced band. I am really very happy with the make, I even allowed my daughter to style me up, since I'm prone to just throw this very comfortable top on for any relaxed occasion. I needed her to give me pointers on taking a simple wardrobe piece to another level and jazz it up. I chose the shoes myself, the boyfriend jeans are something I have fallen head over heels for as well. They too are another Stitch Fix find. Total score!! I'm rocking her hat too. I wore it when I visited NYC last year. I do love to wear hats, problem is it is hard to find the right size for my noggins.

I get a kick out of understanding the history and meaning or background for the things I wear or what I do.  For this, I wanted to check out where or what "henley" really is, and this is what I found....
  • The men's henley is a "collarless" version of a polo shirt with three "signature" buttons.
  • The top button is never buttoned closed... hence the women's version is a little more sexy with the top opened down to resemble a v-neck
  • It is usually long sleeve and may be worn as a base layer to a jacket.
Here is a video of the original Stitch Fix fashion show where i show you their version.
Rodeo season is upon us and hats are a big thing in these parts. What say ye about hats? Do you wear the big ones are keep to the more conservative type?


36 comments :

  1. Andrea... you did a great job and your style is a awesome too. I would like that tee to wear with my jeans.

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    1. Thanks Sewnaptural. I'm really happy with this one.

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  2. I love the look, you did a great job with the Tee.

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  3. I love your henley top. That was the perfect fabric for it too.

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    1. Thanks Faye. The fabric can really make or break the look.

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  4. Loving the Tee, looks great on you

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  5. I love the tee and really love how you found one in your Stitch Fix and recreated it. I love hats but they don't love me. You look darling in a hat.

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    1. It's interesting Lori, but I just know the stylist is really paying attention to me and my style. Thanks for the compliment.

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  6. Love the look Ms Andrea. We need to know how we can self-draft us a Henly t-shirt. Lol!

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    1. Thanks Brenda...you will learn before long. Stick around.

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  7. So cute! Yes, you need many more of these!

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  8. LOVE the hat! Fantastic images and info!

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    1. Thank you Lashonda!! I was surprised when my daughter suggested the hat.

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  9. Wow this is a really nice top, the shoes though really gave your look a great boost! Love them!

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    1. Thank you Aobtrini. Those are the calvin klein "sneaker" soul shoes.

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  10. I love the look..Especially the tee!!

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  11. Love the top! Is the fabric knit or woven? I still like it if it's knit but would beg for the pattern if it's woven ....

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    1. Susan, it is a knit....but could easily be sewn in a woven.

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  12. Your top is fabulous and it fits you beautifully. Love it! As for hats, I don't wear any. I do pull up the hood attached to my puffy coat when it's super cold but that's about it for head coverings. I do own a couple of hats but never wear them!

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    1. Thanks Tomasa...when I think about puffy coats with hoods, I see alaskan polar bears and icebergs. LOL.... You should work on your hat game.

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  13. You would make a burlap sack look good! However, this Henley top is sweet! I love the style and don't know why I'm never made one either. Great inspiration, Andrea!

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    1. Wow Myra thanks for the kind compliment.

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  14. BTW, Love this hat on you! I do love hats and have a few. I wear the most when I go on vacation.

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    1. Hats are my "bad hair" must haves. Essentially, I make it a bad hair day just to wear hats anytime. Thanks.

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  15. Yes!! Yes!! And Yes!!! You did this right Miss Andrea. I am loving everything about the pulled together, but not so "pulled" together look. The shoes are on point, I love the jeans, the top looks great on you. You definitely need to make more to add to your wardrobe. How long did it take you to make the top?

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    1. Hello Lynette..thanks a bunch. I only took about 2 hours after the pattern work to complete start to finish. Of course it was a newly drafted pattern, so I had to make sure things when together correctly.

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  16. Yes, I love hats, well, I have learned to love hats, since going back to natural two years ago....it's cold in NY. I don't worry about my hair as much...lol

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    1. Oh yes. That natural, I think that was one of my reasons too.

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  17. I love the whole look! I am a huge fan of hats! You look fab!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Ruqyyah, Your hat wardrobe is Pinterest worthy.

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