How is your Easter weekend going? Ours has been pleasant so far. We are not religious and we are simply enjoying a long weekend. It is the beginning of the Bank Holiday season here in Britain, May is just fabulous two long weekends to look forward too. May is also my birthday month and a the beginning of the camping season.
I was inspired by Jo's sewing for her girls the other day and decided to follow suit. I had two wild digital print knit fabrics in my stash that I have been meaning to make into t-shirts for well over a year. Now that I am less terrified of my overlocker, I find knit fabrics easier to work with. These two fabrics were quite firm, proper solid t-shirt fabric. It was so much easier to sew than than the slinky knit I used for my own t-shirt!
The pattern is from Zierstoff. It is a simple raglan t-shirt pattern that allows you to choose between 16 sizes, six months to 12 years. There is a tiny child size range and an older child size range that you can buy separately. All versions have an optional pocket and come in long and short sleeved versions. It is a pdf pattern and I was unable set the printer to print without scaling to the page. The 10 cm square was actually 9.5 cm, which was a bit annoying but not the end of the world. I decided to go a size up for James' t-shirt but made the 'correct' size for Alistair because he is so petite. I am glad one wanted the bears and the other penguins, I didn't have enough fabric to make more than one t-shirt from each fabric.
Printing the two patterns, sticking the sheets together and cutting the pattern pieces out took almost longer than sewing the t-shirts. I think I am starting to like my overlocker. Sewing the t-shirts was a breeze, it took about 30 minutes for both, including the neckbands but not counting the hem.
I chose a contrasting colour for the neckbands because I could. I wanted to make sure it sits flat and decided to topstitch it in place. I chose a narrow zigzag but it didn't look good. Unpicking the 8 cm I stitched before I decided it didn't look good took longer than sewing the two t-shirts together. I was not a happy
There you are, two happy boys wearing wild new t-shirts. You'll notice that the t-shirts are a bit baggy on the boys, they are such skinnymalinks. I'll probably adjust the pattern next time but I also just noticed that there is a slim fit version on the same site to download.
Right, I am off to get a BBQ with friends organised. The weather so far has been disappointing but us hardy Scots, we are not put-off by a little smir or even freezing fog. Nothing beats a soggy burger and toes numb with the cold :-)
Wishing you all a lovely Easter weekend, whether you are celebrating a traditional Christian Easter, a more pagan version or simply like spending time with family and friends. xxx