virginia’s strasbourg henley

We love this Strasbourg Henley that Virginia made for her daughter. This versatile pattern works well for both warm and cool seasons. Take it away, Virginia!

I love a Henley Tee, so when Liesl released the Strasbourg Henley in the spring pattern release, I knew I wanted to sew this pattern.

I decided to make a short sleeve henley for my daughter first in some rib knit that I found at Spotlight (a fabric store in Australia). This pattern also has an option for a long sleeve, but it is still summer here.

Peach short-sleeve henley on a dress form.

I made a size small, and even though this pattern was already a fairly cropped length, my daughter likes to wear her tops at a shorter length, so I removed an inch at the shorten/lengthen line. This was the only alteration I made to the pattern.

I love sewing with knits, but I had never sewn with rib knit before, so it was a learning curve for me, but it was easy to sew.
The pattern instructions were amazing, as usual with Liesl’s patterns, and sewing the placket was straightforward and well-explained.
The one change I would make when using rib knit next time is to shorten the neckband length as the rib knit was very stretchy, and I think the band would lay better if it were about an inch shorter.

I sewed the buttons on through both plackets as I did not want to attempt to sew buttonholes on this fabric, and I used four buttons so the opening would sit a little higher on her chest.

Closeup of young woman wearing peach henley

I used a twin needle to sew the hems, and the bottom hem did go a little wavy even after steaming with the iron. Next time I will fuse some tricot interfacing on the hem to stabilize the rib knit while sewing.

I am very happy with the Strasbourg Henley pattern, and I am now cutting a short-sleeve one out for myself, and I will be making many long-sleeve ones once the weather starts to cool down.

Young woman smiling and wearing a peach short sleeve henley while standing in her backyard.

It looks fabulous on my daughter and will get lots of wear.


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  1. She looks so sweet in it, Virginia. Well done!

  2. Janet Oglethorpe

    She looks great! The color is so right for her, and you did an amazing job. Knits still scare me a bit, but this is inspiring. Thanks!

  3. Erica

    This tee for your teen looks great! My teen also asked me to make her a cropped one, which she wants to wear with the baggy jeans trend right now. This pattern is spot-on with that style these days!

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