Two of my KCW projects were thiiiis close to completion last week, so I was able to quickly finish them up after we returned from camping on Sunday.
First up, a stripey knit tee made from a maxi dress purchased from Goodwill. I had the hardest time figuring out if those stripes were black or navy–it looked different every time I looked at it! I finally saw it in better light yesterday and determined that it’s a dark navy. I started with Flashback Skinny Tee pattern, in size 3T this time. The last couple flashback tees I made in size 2T are just a smidge tight on her shoulders and belly. The 3T is a little big but I like room for growing. I added sleeves based on the Geranium dress flutter sleeves, but I’m not very happy with how they look–the lightweight knit is too floppy. I wish I would have used a more gathered sleeve, but I’m probably going to be too lazy to change it. I had the entire thing finished except for the neckline before we went on our trip. I decided to use an invisible binding for the neck, and I wanted to use stretch elastic (I’ve tried it in a couple things lately that I haven’t shared yet) but it was not cooperating. It just kept completely frizzing up and getting snagged in my machine. It would stitch nice and smoothly for 5-10 seconds and then it would start coming out of the threading parts of the machine really fuzzy and fraying, and then the stitches would bind up in the shirt. Does that sound like a tension issue? So instead, I first I zig-zag stitched it it to the shirt and then used a long straight stitch to sew down the binding on the inside of the shirt. The neckhole is big enough that I don’t think there will be a problem with having to stretch the shirt enough that it breaks the straight stitches.
Originally I was going to make this into a dress by attaching a gathered skirt (of the same material) to the top, but after I tried the top part on C, it seemed like that would be too busy. So I left as is, and didn’t even bother to hem it, and I think that will do. The skirt part is cut out with the original hem intact so all I have to do is make a waistband and she’ll have a super easy stretchy skirt for next summer.
Second, some new pj’s for the cooler nights we’re having here. (Poor kid was not happy with getting her picture taken this afternoon!) This outfit was also made from Goodwill finds. For the top, I started with a men’s XXL Polo brand t-shirt, made from what feels like very high-quality jersey. I again used the Flashback Skinny tee pattern in 3T. I placed the front, back, and sleeve patterns at the bottom of the shirt so I could make use of the factory hems. I think I did shorten the sleeves by around a inch, but they are still a little long, especially since the wrist is loose from having a regular hem instead of ribbed cuffs. For the neckline, I dumbly thought I could just cut off and re-use the original neck binding. As I’m sure you would guess, it ended up too small (narrow) but I stuck with it and I don’t think it looks too terrible.
I used the Everyday Leggins/Sleeping Johns pattern from the book Growing Up Sew Liberated for the pj pants. And again in size 3T because my child is a large monster. Again using another Goodwill-thrifted tee. I had to shorten the length to fit the amount of fabric I had but they ended up being just about the right length for C. I didn’t even notice that the front of the shirt had wider stripes than the back until I had already cut out my two leg pieces, but I thought that resulted in a fun detail. For the ankles I sewed on little cuffs that I was just able to eke out of the remaining fabric.
I had both the pieces completely finished last week but I wanted to add something fun to the shirt. I had a few different ideas, involving either applique or freezer paper stenciling, that I couldn’t decide among. I finally settled on using freezer paper to paint on a humpback whale, because why not?
And that concludes Kid’s Clothes Week. Thanks for checking us out :-) I have a two other things I wasn’t able to finish that I can hopefully wrap up soon, and then I’m really itching to get back to some sewing for myself!