In February, the challenge was the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee. I cut out all the pieces to make a super cool, reversible, Angry Birds Star Wars t-shirt, so Big Cub could choose to wear either the Rebels or the Pork Side (I will never wear the Pork Side, he told me. Never mind.). Then when I came to sew it up, my machine was broken. By the time it was back in action again, the sewalong deadline had passed, so that was that. I sewed up the shirt, though, and it's pretty cool.
I even managed to get him to model the Pork side!
March's challenge was another dress. I thought, you know what, I had to work super hard to make a dress pattern work for a boy back in January... I'm not doing it again. Seems I wasn't the only one... 49 people sewed along, and not a single one made something for a boy. Not one! Sometimes it's hard sewing for boys when all the world seems to want to make pretty dresses.
In April the challenge was a bag, and I kind of wanted to make it, but I wasn't passionate about it and I was too busy making myself a pair of trousers to wear to work.
May's sewalong challenge is now on. When I first saw the pattern I was a bit disappointed. Not with the pattern itself, as it's really cute. But it's introduced as a 'darling Spring/Summer shirt that will be perfect for girls of all ages'. So my first thought was "Another girly pattern? Are you KIDDING me?". But then I had a look at the pattern and soon saw it could easily become a great boys' shirt too. Hooray! So here it is:
|No, I'm not a pretty girl (despite what strangers say All The Time)|
|I need this Olaf hairslide to keep my hair out of my eyes, OK?|
- I sewed it in a knit rather than a woven. I still cut the same size (Age 2 for my 2-year-old), as this fabric is not a very stretchy knit. I used a scrap of woven fabric for the facing used on the split for the buttons.
- I raised the back neckline by 1".
- I put the buttons on the front rather than the back.
- I added sleeves. I used my trusty Anytime At All Tee pattern by Schwin Designs to make the sleeves and to redraft the armscye.
- I added some topstitching to the yoke pieces.
|Check out that orange topstitching!|
I should have added an inch to the body length- this came up pretty short:
|What, you can see my underwear? How embarrassing...|
The fabric is a very cheap and nasty knit. It's 100% cotton (no elastane!) and has not much stretch, as well as very poor stretch recovery. I didn't want to use it to make something which needed a lot of stretch, so since this pattern is meant for wovens, it seemed like a great choice. Working with this fabric has really made me appreciate why I spend a lot of money on quality knit fabrics! The fabric is actually a dress I saw in H&M. It was £2.99 and it's age 7-8, and I just fell in love with the print. Aren't these tigers just soooooo adorable?
|I'm way too cool to wear a shirt with adorable tigers on it.|
I thought there would be plenty of fabric in it to make something for Little Cub, and I was right. I only used the skirt, so I still have the complete bodice left, along with a rectangle of the skirt. I'll probably make the bodice a bit longer, and it will become a vest top for Big Cub.
I managed to use the hem of the skirt as the hem of my sleeves and body pieces. Yippee!
|What? These hems are recycled? How could you do this to me?|
I used cord elastic for button loops (what a nightmare to sew! Never again) and it does look very sweet. The buttons were from the button stash I inherited from my Grandma, and I love the fact that they're big, bold and different (but still matching!) colours.
I enjoyed sewing up this pattern and playing around with it. It makes a very cute boys' shirt. I've already cut out the pieces for a top for Big Cub using this pattern, so watch this space!
|Ready for a coffee break. Being a model sure is hard work!|