My last few posts have gone into some pretty deep territory – whether its the ins and outs of garment fitting and body image, or technical details of sewing swimwear, I thought that I needed a break from all the heavy stuff and wanted to share something on a lighter note. So, today I’m going to share this t-shirt that I made for Jonathan, nothing more, nothing less, just that. However, its not just a t-shirt for Jonathan, it is currently his favourite t-shirt and rarely gets to see the inside of his drawers as it tends to get scooped out of the basket as soon as the clean, dry washing has come off the line!
You see, Jonathan has recently developed a love for everything Star Wars, especially if it has R2D2 on it! This is an interest that I fully support as I have always been a huge Star Wars fan and can probably recite the original movie from memory! So naturally this needed to extend into his handmade wardrobe, and I was more than happy to accommodate.
Fortunately for him (and me) I found this amazing fabric on Ali Express. I bought just a 50cm cut of this, which was the perfect amount to make this t-shirt.
It has 4-way stretch with a digital print which, so far, hasn’t run or faded when washed (and its been worn and washed quite a lot), and the fabric didn’t shrink any when tumble-dried, which is a big plus in this house where we tend to have an over-abundance of washing to be done at all times. The print features almost every one of the main Star Wars characters – and from each of the different series, both old and new. My kids have quite a bit of fun trying to remember all their names!
I also like all the colours on this fabric, so many prints for boys are just blue/grey/black, Jonathan quite likes blue/grey/black, but orange is his favourite colour, closely followed by purple. This print has plenty of both of those colours.
Because the print is definitely the ‘star’ of this garment, I chose not to do any additional colour blocking and kept just the one fabric for the main pattern pieces. For the coordinates I used scraps of royal blue and light blue leftover from other things, they are a similar weight to both the print and each other, so there is no problems mixing them at all, and the solid colours don’t detract from or compete with the main print.
Of course, I needed to select the perfect pattern to make the most of this printed fabric, so I chose to use one of my most recent favourite patterns, the Hallå Stardust Shirt. I have made quite a few of these already, including one for Jonathan and one for Veronica that I have previously blogged about.
This pattern comes with so many different styling options for the neckline, pockets, sleeves and hem. For this version I chose short banded sleeves, with a hood, whole star kangaroo pocket, and waistband.
Hoodies are always popular with this little man (he likes to be able to hide), so choosing to use the hood was a no-brainer. I used the larger sized hood pattern piece, as this kid has quite a large head (it runs in the family – mine!).
This is really generously sized hood – love it! This version of the hood is only slightly larger than the regular size, but a little goes a long way, and it makes the neck opening a little bigger too, which makes a big difference for him being able to get this shirt on and off by himself.
I did the “whole star” kangaroo pocket, mainly because ‘stars’ = ‘Star Wars’. Jonathan loves this pocket (and he can get his entire arm through it!).
After I had finished this shirt, I was reading that it is suggested to use interfacing around the star shapes – I totally missed that! So, because this is nice soft, stretchy fabric, the stars are a bit floppy. Interfacing would have made a huge difference here, next time that I make any of the star pocket variations (there are a few different ones – did I mention that this pattern comes with lots of different options?) I will definitely interface!!
Not that the floppy pockets bother Jonathan at all!
This top is a great fit all over and is definitely my go-to pattern for the kids t-shirts these days, it is easy to make the basic version and the instructions for all the variations are so thorough. I think my favourite option is the hem band, it adds extra length, which works well for Jonathan as he is quite long through the body.
It looks tight – but don’t be fooled, he just can’t keep his arms out of that front pocket and is pulling it!
He sure is one happy little man.
Thanks for reading!