New Summer T-Shirts for Jonathan

Yesterday I posted about some new summer shorts that I made for Jonathan. Well, I also made some coordinating t-shirts, as well as something a little different at his request.

All of the t-shirts that I made for Jonathan are from Ottobre Design magazines. In case you are not familiar with this magazine:

– Ottobre Design is a pattern magazine from Finland, published in several languages – I buy the English language version of course.
– The magazine has quarterly issues with kids patterns, these have approx. 40 patterns per issue from newborn size all the way up to teens. The sizing is European sizing, so it is based on height, there are comprehensive size charts included in every issue.
– The designs are in size groups, because, for obvious reasons, a teen would not want to wear the same style of garment as a newborn baby! So there are usually different designs to suit 3 different age groups – babies & toddlers, primary schoolers, tweens & teens. But there is a certain amount of overlap.
– the pattern sheets are printed on large format master sheets, the patterns all overlap each other in different colours and are extremely “fun” to trace!!!
– There are also twice yearly issues with approx. 20 patterns for women, and a single Family issue, this one is still new, so far it has included mens, extended teens, maternity, and plus size womens designs.
– The magazine is sold by subscription. I subscribe directly, so I am billed in Euro Dollars, but you can subscribe through an agent in your country if you prefer. The magazines are all mailed from Finland!

I went through the previous summer issues (ironically I couldn’t locate the most recent summer issue from 2018 until I had finished these t-shirts). But the really great thing is that Jonathan is now in a different size group, so there are a whole lot of patterns that I’ve never made for him before from my previous issues (I have subscribed for a long time).

I have taken to using a rainbow variegated thread in the loopers of both my overlocker and my coverstitch machine. It means that I don’t need to change thread very often, and the kids like the little bit of colour that it provides, basically its just a bit of fun for some not-so-serious sewing.

All these t-shirts are just for everyday wear, they weren’t birthday gifts, or intended for anything special, they are just for wearing after school and on the weekends whilst playing. So most of the fabrics were left over from previous projects matched together with other little bits and pieces. I’ve been doing a bit of thrifty sewing this summer. All these fabrics are from Spotlight, with the exception of the ribbing, where used. The ribbing was purchased as part of a bulk lot of multi colours through eBay.

Summer 3/2017

From this magazine I chose design number 22. Graphic Prints T-shirt. This t-shirt is a fairly basic t-shirt with a couple of small details to make it interesting. The first is the v-neckline, it is a bound neckline, and for some reason I seem to have lost the “knack” of doing bound necklines, I had terrible trouble with them, this is probably the best of the lot, and it’s just…okay. But I do love the colour combination of the blue-on-blue stripe matched with the orange ribbing.

There are little trims on the side seam vents, which were not as fiddly to do as I originally thought.

The stripe fabric is a poly-rayon knit and it is a bit slinky, and it was very agreeable to sew.

Summer 3/2016

From this issue I made up design number 37, the Summer Camp T-shirt. I left out the colour blocking and placket options. I like the side trim details, I was able to use a variety of coordinating fabrics, which is one of my favourite things to do. These fabrics are all left over from previous projects, the two blue fabrics – the robots and the chevrons – are cotton lycra, the grey stars are a rayon lycra.

I was really struggling with this neckline. It is probably the worst of the lot. But, this t-shirt is really only for everyday wear – you know, wearing whilst playing outside, getting dirty, so I’m not too fussed that it isn’t perfect.

Summer 3/2012

I made two designs from the issue, and they both use the same basic bodice pattern pieces, only the sleeves are different. The first one here is design number 35. Headphones T-shirt. I left off the embroidery, because of the busy print of this fabric, which is a cotton lycra. I just don’t think it needed anything extra! I did use a solid for the sleeves to break it up a bit, and I just hemmed the sleeves, I didn’t use any more binding.

And, I made a mini-version to match!

The mini version is for my son’s Bear, who has travelled across the world with us and is very much loved. Jonathan specially requested this.

I used a pattern designed for Build-A-Bear bears, from Ragamuffin Patterns. It is actually a free download! I used the reverse side of the coverstitch to get a rainbow trim on the hems.

Very happy!

Design number 35. Globe Kids T-shirt, from the same issue uses the same body, but different sleeve lengths, and has sleeve cuffs. I didn’t use the provided appliqué design, again because this is busy print fabric. These dinosaurs were used for something last year, but I had enough left for this t-shirt too, and I found the spots on the bargain rack recently – and the base colour is a perfect match. Jonathan really likes bright colours, so I used a yellow for the neckband – and this is a band, not a binding. I was through with binding by the time I got to this t-shirt, so I did a small neckband instead. It worked.

I wasn’t able to understand the instructions for attaching and finishing the cuffs (Ottobre don’t have a lot of detailed instructions, and almost no diagrams), so I just attached them with the cuff right side to the sleeve wrong side, then flipped the cuff out and used the coverstitch with the reverse stitching on the outside in the rainbow thread.

Here is a close-up of that rainbow thread on the inside of the hem. I love it.

I made all these t-shirts in a size 140. Jonathan is just under 130cms high right now, but he is long through the body. So I sized up slightly to get that extra bit of length, these all seem to be quite slim-fitting t-shirts (as many Euro patterns seem to be, from my general observations) so the width isn’t a problem.

Again, thanks for reading! I will have some more Ottobre sewing coming up soon, for my oldest daughter, so make sure to check back again soon.

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