Thursday, 2 November 2017

a quick birthday present



James and Alistair don't get many invitations to birthday parties (phew) but every now it happens, usually at super short notice. For once though, one of Alistair's friends, a girl, has sent out invites a month in advance. Praise the yummy mummies :-) Alistair really fancies her (but he would probably kick my shin if he knew I am writing this down) and because she is special to him, I wanted to give something a little different.

I decided to make a long sleeved t-shirt. I found some supercute fabric on MyFabrics, an organic cotton jersey, black with pink flamingoes. I think that's perfect for a girl of 9, don't you think? Alistair didn't mention that his friend doesn't like pink - once I finished sewing.

I used this pattern, which you can download cheaply. I made the baggy version for the boys before, you can see these here. I think these are just a little too baggy, my ideal t-shirt is a little fitted but not too much.

Since I made the boys t-shirts, I have mastered the use of the twin needle and can now create way more professional finishes. I have also slightly altered the neckline because I didn't want it to stick up like on the pattern image. I had some yellow ribbing left over and used it to make the neckband, it is a good match to the flamingoes feet. I broke my twin needle in the process of topstitching the ribbing because I forgot to change the sewing machine foot... that was a bit annoying.

Alistair is modelling to t-shirt. It is about three sizes to big on him because he tiny but I think it will fit his friend.

It took no time at all to make this t-shirt, and it was good value, too (if you don't count the broken twin needle). Do you make birthday presents for your children's friends? I don't often but when I do, I am really pleased with myself. Mostly though, I wish for Woolworths to be still on the High Street, for that last minute just right birthday present.

It was another sunny day today! Two in one week, that is good going. It has been dreich otherwise. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. xx

20 comments:

  1. Brilliant, she will love it, and no doubt he will love giving it too. I do love handmade presents, they're so much nicer. I hope he has a lovely time. Wishing all a good weekend. CJ xx

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  2. I love it! What a special present. I have made a few handmade gifts for my children's friends, and have found that children seem more appreciative of handmade than adults in my experience. I would glad I did it. This shirt is so cute. I happen to have a nine-year-old girl right here and I can tell you that she would adore this shirt. :)

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  3. It looks gorgeous and very professional. I loved woolies too for sudden birthday presents. No one has really replaced them. Hope you have another sunny day tomorrow:). B x

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  4. What a lovely birthday present, I'm sure Alistair's friend will love it. Flamingos seem to be all the rage, and quite right too.

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  5. Cute fabric! Could you send one to Florida? :-)

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  6. That is a great present. I have crocheted hats for my girls friends and they have always been well received. Jo x

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  7. That is so cute, I'm sure she'll love it. Never sewed for anyone but my daughter, I don't sew that well.

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  8. Who wouldn't love a t-shirt with pink flamingos on! Fab :-) x

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  9. I'm sure the little girl with love that shirt.. and your boy is absolutely the cutest thing! Be sure and let us know how she likes it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. My nine year old girl would love it. I couldn't make anything good enough to go give away.

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  11. This will be a very special present indeed! Alistair looks so handsome modeling the shirt. I'm sure he will have a great time. And, he's lucky to have a great Mom like you! Pat xx

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  12. Pink flamingos! I'm sure she will love it even if she isn't a fan of pink 'cause those flamingos are so cute :)

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  13. What a terrific gift - a handmade shirt. You are Super Mom. Love that it is organic cotton.

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  14. A unique present, she’ll love it! X

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  15. Wow a homemade top! This is amazing. A girl of any age would be lucky to receive a flamingo top!

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  16. It's an amazing birthday gift. I'm sure any girl would love it. I hope Alistair enjoys the party too x

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  17. That's really lovely, Christina and not too girly with the black background. You did well getting Alistair to model it! X

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  18. What a lovely gift she will love it! I hope Alistair has a lovely time at the party. :) x

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  19. What a fantastic birthday present. I hope the recipient appreciates it x

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  20. She is going to love it. How cute is it that he fancies her!

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