This is a bit of a nothing sort of project, but this month I suppose I need something quick and easy. With my husband’s Doctor Who 10th Doctor suit on my docket, a super simple project is just the thing to keep my brain from being overwhelmed. There’s no less than 39 pattern pieces for the suit! This fall henley top was just what the Doctor (ha ha!) ordered!

Fall henley top

I’ve had this burnout jersey from Emma One Sock in my stash for a couple of years now. I dithered for a really long time trying to find the right pattern to show off this beautiful fabric. It’s even been washed and ready to go since Spring, yet I hesitated.

Do you ever do that? Get all ready for a project and then shelve it because you simply forget about it? I’ve talked before how I don’t often have unfinished objects (UFOs). Instead, I deal in NSOs (not started objects).

Burdastyle 12-2009-121 henley + my TNT t-shirt

I’ve made this henley top before. Burdastyle 12-2009-121 is a good basic henley, but when I went to make it, it occurred to me that all I needed to do was trace off the front placket and a copy of the neckline.

The front is a standard tee, but the CF is cut about 1/4″ away from the fold so you can sew in the placket. That’s it. There could hardly be a more simple tee variation.

Doctor Who 10th Doctor suit: the beginning

I was able to do a first muslin of my husband’s suit. The pants only need length changes, but the jacket will take a little more work.

He has a slightly more rounded upper back which will require a horizontal dart, plus he needs more width across the back and a little more breathing room in the hips. He’s traveling this week, so I won’t be able to do the changes and forge ahead, but that’s okay.
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Elizabeth is a self-taught sewist with a love for all things DIY and creative. Her friend calls her "The Fabric Manipulator" and she's always looking for ways to squeeze the most out of her sewing time in between caring for her 4 kids and husband.


  1. Lovely top! I miss easy and fast projects! The bee is taking its toll on me! I hardly ever leave things unfinished too, if I cut the fabric I am in for it … but non started projects I could probably write a full book on them! Good luck with your costumes! Looking forward to see them!

    • You are going to need a break after all the creativity you’ve been pouring into your bee makes! I’m like that too. If things get cut they have to be made like yesterday, unless it’s a bag because those aren’t terribly interesting to me! 😀

  2. That is such pretty fabric for you Henley Elizabeth! I have so many Not Yet Started projects! My hesitation is always this: will this fabric shine with this pattern? I really need to get over this!

    • Thanks Sue. That’s exactly it! I think when you have a really nice fabric like anything from EOS, the struggle is magnified because you just don’t want to mess it up!

  3. That is an absolutely beautiful fabric on you.
    I do hope you saved the scraps for some signature “Elizabeth Made This” color blocking.
    And the way you put together your outfit makes you look relaxed and warm and the almost perfect Mom to those cute kids that periodically show up on your blog. (BTW: it has to be “almost perfect” because good moms always give their kids-especially teenagers-something to complain about)

  4. I love this very cute little top! Looks absolutely adorable on you and has so many options for wear too! Thank you so much for including all the information on how you constructed! That YouTube tutorial was awesome!

    • Thank you Myra, and you’re welcome. Peggy is a great teacher. She’s so good at explaining construction and I’m glad to pass on what I’ve learned from her!

  5. I love this top – -It’s so you! The print is perfect and fits your wardrobe perfectly. And I have so much anticipation for your costume efforts. Can’t wait to see the finished Dr. Who!

    • Thanks Linda! It’s not too often that I find prints in my color palette, so I pounce on them! My jacket exceeded my expectations–I’m really looking forward to sharing and seeing how my husband’s suit evolves!

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