Simple and sleeveless sewing

I’ve had it in my head recently that I should make a bunch of cute tops to wear with jeans.  By “cute tops” I mean t-shirts, because really that’s all I like to wear.  And now that they’re half constructed, I’m thinking it might mean tank tops.  That’s right, two pieces of fabric.  Sewn together.  Exciting, no?

First off there was this top from last winter that I never could figure out how to wear.  I do love the idea of pirate sleeves, and I always seem to fall for them in line drawings.  But really, not my style.  Much better without sleeves, don’t you think?

Then a second version of NL6022.  I did cut out the sleeves for this one.  And baste them on.  But then I thought shouldn’t this blouse be a little different from the last one?  And maybe sleeves in this print are a bit too much?  Still haven’t made up my mind on this one.  What do you think?  Sleeves, no sleeves?

Last is this “wearable muslin” in heavyweight dark teal ponte.  I thought this fabric was too plasticky when it arrived from the internet, and it had been languishing in my discard pile.  But then I thought of using it to muslin this t-shirt before I cut into some gorgeous sienna silk-wool knit.  Ack!  It’s a good thing I made a trial version.  The magazine says it is “fitted” but the one I made up was huge.  The pieces stuck out a good inch from my TNT t-shirt pattern so that probably should have been a clue.  Maybe I traced wrong?  I won’t show you the back with its horrible swayback puddling.  Anyway, I still haven’t solved my fitting problems and now I’m not sure what to do with my precious silk/wool.

I did cut out sleeves but when I pinned them on they felt heavy and plastic, and I prefer the long line made by wearing the sleeveless top with dark pants.  On the other hand, this is definitely a winter fabric and what on earth am I going to do with a sleeveless top in the winter?  Sew a batch of cardigans next, I guess.