The Papercut Patterns Ensis Tee

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When it comes to knit t-shirt patterns I'm a total sucker. They are relatively quick makes, they're comfy, and they're what I wear to work. A lot of the patterns I own are pretty similar, but the Ensis Tee by Papercut Patterns has a different look to it due to the awesome color blocking.

Both fabrics were purchased at the Mood Los Angeles store. The green is a lightweight knit (love this color!) and the tan is a little thicker, almost a sweater weight. I regret not buying more of the tan because it has the most beautiful drape and would make an amazingly comfy dress. Both were affordable at about $10 a yard. Funny story, at the time of purchase I was not 100% pumped on these fabrics. I knew that they were great quality, but I wasn't completely feelin the colors because I was in a pastel phase. Then, a few weeks ago I had this epiphany and suddenly decided that I hated pastels and was sooooo happy that I got the green and tan haha.

Ensis was a straightforward sew and I highly recommend it to people who are experienced or novices when it comes to sewing with knits. I chose to do the version with cuffs at the wrists and along the bottom. The only part where I struggled was attaching the cuffs to the sleeves. It was hard for me to line everything up and sew without accidentally sewing in little puckers. Annoying! I also had trouble pressing the seams open where the two colors meet, like the pattern recommended. I tried doing that, but couldn't get a good press. The end result isn't too bulky, but be careful if your fabric is heavier duty!


The sleeves were a bit long for me and in my next version I plan to shorten them. They might not look too bad in the photos, but that is because I had to cuff my cuffs. It has caused me to wonder whether I have T- Rex arms.

Two random notes: One, the weird dots on my shirt are water! It actually rained in California, yes! For those of you that don't know, we are in a drought and I could not be more grateful for the rain. My photos were taken under a tree in my yard, so it blocked a lot of the water. Two, my husband thinks I am a hippie, so I do peace sign poses as a joke haha! Expect to see more peace signs in the future.

Does anyone else have T- Rex arms? :)

21 comments :

  1. www.tresbienensemble.comFebruary 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    This is a great basic tee pattern! I really love the built-in color block. I see lots of possibilities for this!

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  2. That's cute. Nice fit too!

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  3. T Rex arms? I'm sure you don't have those! The top looks great on you and I like the color combination. I'm the same way in that I'll become obsessed with a trend and then one day, be over it .

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  4. ha! I was wondering what the t-rex pic was about :) Love those colors--makes a fantastic top.

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  5. I have T-rex arms too! I usually end up keeping the bodice length but shortening the arms by like 2 inches. Also, sometimes when I am chasing a brontosaurus I fall over and can't get back up.

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  6. Wantwantwantwantwantwant! I love this pattern now! And I love these colors on you! Papercut sleeves run pretty long, in my opinion. They're slouchy on me and I kinda have monkey arms!

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  7. Super cute! I'll add it to my mental sewing list (which I feel, if I wrote on a piece of paper, would span the length of north america by now!)

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  8. It's super cute - as much as I love pastels, you really can't go past earthy, khaki tones like these when you're feeling not quite so bubbly! They're a perfect match for this top - love it!

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  9. How funny! My husband thinks I'm a hippie too and accuses me of turning him into one. Being relatively new to sewing knits myself I'm quickly becoming addicted. I don't want to sew anything else. Really like the color blocking on this pattern. Cute shirt!

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  10. heheheh T-Rex! You're so funny. The colors look kinda dinosaur-y too which is completely awesome because I love earth tones and dinosaurs. FLOWER POWERRRRRRRRRRR!!

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  11. A Stitching OdysseyFebruary 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Cool T-shirt Rex ;o) Hehe...only kidding about the Rex bit, but your tee really is cool!

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  12. Ha!!! T-rex arms!!! For the record, I think your arms look totally proportional and lovely! Great tee - looks comfy and I love the color blocking options with this pattern!

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  13. Ha! I think I have T-rex arms too! :P I love this version and the fit. I was wondering about this pattern because it looks quite slouchy, but yours looks anything but slouchy! I should get this pattern!

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  14. Ha! Is there an arm length measurement that officially qualifies one as having T-Rex arms? I would like to know so I can check myself!

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  15. Oh, very nice version! I actually like the longer sleeves with the bands/cuffs. They looks nice and slouchy on purpose.

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  16. Nice tee! I like the neutral colours - you can wear it with anything now! I had to laugh at "T-Rex arms" - I have the opposite problem (monkey arms) LOL :) At least you can shorten yours; i always have to check my patterns BEFORE I cut because otherwise I end up with cuffs hovering three inches above my wrist LOL

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  17. http://prettyflorals.co.ukFebruary 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    This looks so comfy and cosy. Great pattern


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