Today is Day 3 of the Kids Clothing Week Challenge – the challenge is to spend at least one hour per day, for one week, sewing for the kids. Yesterday I finished a Tinny Dress for Mathilda, today I made a t-shirt for Jonathan.
I used a really nice tartan printed knit from Knitwit for the front, black and blue plain jersey knit for the sleeves and back, and grey ribbing for the neck band. These are all fabrics that I already had.
The Knitwit tartan was a delight to sew, it has a little bit of texture on the printed side.
I used a pattern number 19 from Ottobre 3/2011. This is a basic t-shirt pattern. This particular magazine has recently been reprinted, I ordered a copy as soon as it became available, and I plan to make many more things from it for this summer.
I made this up in a size 122, because even though Jonathan is no where near that tall, he’s very long through the body. The finished item looks as though it might be too short, however, but Jonathan is yet to try it on.
Because I’ve made many t-shirts in the past, and I wasn’t doing anything fancy with this one, I didn’t really follow the directions, and sewed it up using the method I know.
I sewed the back and front together at the shoulders first. Next I cut a neckband and stitched the short sides together to form a ring, then folded it in half and pinned it to the neckline. I stretched it slightly as I stitched it in, and afterwards finished the edges on the over locker.
I was going to do a zig zag to hold it down, but it didn’t need it, it sits just right as it is.
I stiched the sleeves on next, then the side seams, finishing all seams with the over locker.
To finish the hem I folded it over and secured it with a zig zag, all the way around. It gave a really neat finish.
And it’s neat on the inside too.
I started the construction for some Bermuda shorts to make up a whole outfit, but it was getting too dark to see clearly – I really need to get some better lighting in my sewing room. But I plan to finish those tomorrow and get Jonathan to put them on for some pictures then – so make to come back tomorrow!
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