Yet another in a seemingly endless line of t shirt makes

More details (he went and changed into some fairly bright checked shorts with this t shirt after the photo shoot, his taste in clothes is certainly not constrained by convention)

Details shot featuring KitchsyKoo scored navy fabric with orange stars (he went and changed into some fairly bright checked shorts with this t shirt after the photo shoot, his taste in clothes is certainly not constrained by convention)

The Mission: Make the boy a t shirt out of scraps from my t shirt plus some of the small bits from Kitschykoo in order to make things even after little sister got a t shirt from leftovers

Sleeves, check

Sleeves, check

The Original Idea: Black front and back, with the navy blue fabric with orange stars on used for sleeves, neckband, a band around the bottom and to applique his initial on the front. Oh and using Simplicity 1573 again.

Proof of pocket function

Proof of pocket function

The Design Brief: Unfortunately the boy got wind of this and asked for a kangaroo pocket on the front with access only at one side (?!) and patches of the star fabric sewn on the main fabric at random.

Back view - with added atmospheric shadows

Back view – with added atmospheric shadows

The Compromise: Black front with star kangaroo pocket (with conventional double opening), star sleeves, star neckline, and over half of the back in star fabric due to limitations of resources.

neckband prepared and about to be attached

neckband prepared and about to be attached

The Make: Fairly straight forward. The neckline I attached like over sized bias binding again. No disasters. Oh, I decided to widen the neckline before adding the neckband as it’s cut for a 1.5cm seam allowance that I wouldn’t be using. I just trimmed it by eye. Then had to spend 10 minutes trying to neaten it up so it was symmetrical again. I settled for “good enough” and repeated my mantra when sewing children’s clothes “he won’t keep still long enough for anyone to notice” until I forgot about it.

He wanted to prove the pocket had double access to you all

He wanted to prove the pocket had double access to you all

The Kangaroo pocket: Self drafted, by eye. Double sided so the white back to the star fabric doesn’t show. I folded a piece into a rectangle about the right size, decided to take a little length off, cut the corners of to make the slopey pocket opening, sewed almost all the way around with right sides folded together, turned it the right way out, pressed it, topstitched the pocket openings with my twin needle, topstitched it down with my twin needle. Done.

I do feed him, honest.

I do feed him, honest.

Other design features: The join of fabrics on the back has topstitching to hold the seam allowance in place. The back was cut too long so I could trim it to the correct length, then I decided to have a high low hem. I drew and cut a pretty curve shape at the sides, but then I was in a hurry to finish it before school pick up, so it ended up with slopey bits at either side that are approximately symmetrical, if you don’t look too closely (lets repeat that mantra again, altogether now….)

Pose - models own (I'm thinking Star Trek Next Gen)

Pose – models own (I’m thinking Star Trek Next Gen)

The verdict: I decided part way through that I didn’t like the two fabrics together, they were somehow neither similar nor contrasty enough. But in the end they look fine. And the boy is happy, he has a new t shirt especially made for him, so all is fair in the world. For now.

And one for luck

And one for luck

Quick pick me up

So, I’ve nearly finished the present I was making for the boys birthday and it’s less than a week from his birthday and I’ve written lots of a blog post about it as I went along. But then I got stuck on the zip. I thought I knew how to do zips, after all the Presido bag’s I’ve made. Turns out sewing stiff zips to stretchy knit fabric is a whole other ball game….

So, yesterday evening, feeling despondent about zips and not inspired to unpick the black zip off the mainly black knit fabric that was sewn on in black (arrghh) I looked at one of the (non black) remnant bits of fabric from the make, and I looked at the starry t shirt I made her last week and it looked big enough to be the main body. Plus it co-ordinated with one of the other bits of fabric I’d bought half a metre of at the same time, one that I really did mean to buy just half a metre of. It’s a great turquoise fabric with white polka dots and the odd one coloured in. I love it but thought it would be too much in a whole garment. So I thought I might make t shirt sleeves out of it on a garment for me. But surely I could make t shirt sleeves for the girl out of it too and still have some left…

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I used Simplicity 1573 again, the body is a little narrower (but not much, less than 1/2″ maybe) than intended on the fabric due to fabric restrictions (there just was not enough, even after I retraced the pattern and reduced the seam allowance by 1/4″ to a less wasteful 3/8″) so I had to ease the sleeve heads in slightly, but you can’t tell. It looked too short when done (I think it’s more a wide fit on reflection but it’ll last a while, bonus), so I added a band at the bottom. I also added a pocket, that I cut too tall and then trimmed to short and then realised I hadn’t considered where the coloured spots would fall. Ho hum. I thought spotty neckband might be too much on top, but hubby was hanging around and voted for it (plus the alternative was just to turn the neckline under and sew down as there was not even enough plain left for a mouse garment).

Of course, a new garment has to be photographed STRAIGHT AWAY, so if the ideal model is in bed, you get a stand in (and yes, those curtains are falling apart, they came with the house and are horrid, so I don't want to waste time fixing them, but I don't want to make new ones until we've deorated the room)

Of course, a new garment has to be photographed STRAIGHT AWAY, so if the ideal model is in bed, you get a stand in (and yes, those curtains are falling apart, they came with the house and are horrid, so I don’t want to waste time fixing them, but I don’t want to make new ones until we’ve deorated the room)

So, there we go, one quick pick me up make. That made the boy cross with me (it doesn’t take much, and yes, he knows about the nearly finished thing which is much more complicated than a t shirt, well a bit more). So now for some gratuitous shots, cos I got some for once.

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Gosh, I didn’t notice the bags under her eyes at the time, blame the end of the school week.

Gosh, I didn't notice the bags under her eyes at the time, blame the end of the school week.

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