Made by me / My makes

Retro looking striped polo shirt

Polo shirts for the win! This one is definitely a new favorite in my wardrobe and hopefully I can do a few more in the future as well. This ones feels so me, casual, but with a retro flair. I used an organic cotton rib knit from Stoff & Stil that was actually easier to work with than I had anticipated – I suspect the 5% lycra content makes all the difference.

The bodice is drafted from fitted knit top block and I added the placket and collar pieces from Burda’s polo shirt pattern. Only drawback is that the placket was too narrow for the buttons I had picked, but since they matched so nicely I decided to use them anyway, but instead of sewing buttonholes I just added snaps, so the buttons are merely for decoration.

The cuffs, collar and placket are all made of a cotton/lycra rib knit. I visited A LOT of stores until I found a blue ribbing that matched okay. There are so many navy blue shades out there, which I didn’t think of until I began looking for a match.

I drafted a separate undercollar pattern to prevent it from peaking through, but since rib knit is a very elastic material, it was hard keeping the collar pieces 100% in check.

To make the collar and placket to happen in these stretchy materials I used staystitching, baste glue, two different kinds of fusible knit interfacing and regular thread basting too. Yes, it was a lot of work trying to tame these fabrics!

Wearing my polo shirt with my new Burdastyle trousers. I love this combo!


  • Andrea
    March 24, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    You look stylish and confortable in your clothes (and skin 🙂 Please don’t get this wrong, but do your wear short sleeves in winter? Maybe houses in Sweden are better prepared for cold than the ones in Portugal.

    • Johanna
      March 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Yes and yes! The secret to your first question is cardigan which I wear pretty much every day of the year and the second answer is extensive central heating systems so our apartment is in fact quite warm all year around.

  • Angela
    March 27, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Beautiful work!! The placket/collar is a work of art.

    • Johanna
      March 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Thank you! It was a lot of work taming the knit, but it was worth the effort 🙂


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