Sunshine Star t-shirt:
- Pattern: New Look (for kids) 6193, circa 2003;
- Fabric: cotton jersey;
- Notion: organza ribbon, embroidered motifs;
- Making the Sunshine Star t-shirt
I didn’t realise I would enjoy making a simple t-shirt, but it felt great to make myself something that is a basic wardrobe piece.
This is only the second time I’ve made something in a jersey. I made it using an ordinary sewing machine. I used the most shallow zig-zag stitch that would still allow the fabric to stretch.
The adjustments I made were:
I stabilised the shoulder seams with some organza ribbon. The sleeves are inserted in ‘on the flat’, so there is no easing in, making it very simple.
The instructions were very clear and the tone supportive. I want to try more patterns from Deer & Doe.
This Plantain is very comfortable & jersey is very forgiving when it comes to fit. I’d like to make more of these.
I don’t own any skirts in my wardrobe. I gave the few I did have to a charity shop, when I had a big clear out before moving homes.
The design of this skirt is very nice - the pleats go all the way round, and the side pleat half hides the side seams and in-seam pockets.
The adjustments I made were:
I didn’t think until I started working on this pattern - that the pleats would be a bit tricky to keep even, as I needed to alter the waist width to fit me. I worked out from the size chart and the finished garment measurements that there was 1.5 inch of ease at the waist. I worked out that I needed an extra inch at the waist. Dividing this by 4 - I would need an extra 1/4 at each of the side seams.
But, the waist ended up too big. I think the construction & adjustment I made at the stitching line for the side pleats probably contributed to the error.
Anyway, I fixed it by adjusting the back seam where the zip is. I wasn’t happy with the way I’d inserted the zip first time, so I didn’t mind unpicking it, and fixing the sizing at the same time. It means my skirt back doesn’t have even sized pleats at the zip seam, but it looks ok.
The fabric is a cotton poplin. The light weight of this fabric works well with the pleats. It would get a bit bulky otherwise - as the pleats are quite wide. My fabric was not wide enough, so I had to cut on the crosswise grain - which was fine.
It’s good to have more separates and a nice summer basic. What’s extra nice is that this skirt ticks two of my sewing goals in one - make a skirt & something in emerald green.
After making two jackets in a row - I really wanted to make something much simpler and for someone else.
The Rohan hoodie by The Crafty Kitty is a lovely cute pattern that is suitable for a boy or a girl. It is straight forward to make. I used the aged 2 size, which is the smallest. It goes up to aged 6. It’s designed to be loose and to be worn over a top.
I chose a blue fleece fabric which is soft and warm. I used some left over cotton fabric for the hood and front placket. One is of turtles and the other is a paisley pattern. Very sweet.
You could make this in a variety of different fabrics - brush cotton or jersey.
I think the pattern is very adaptable. I think I’d like to add a button placket and pockets and make a coat from it.
It’s so great that some craft bloggers share their patterns and instructions so generously.
I hope these hoodies will get lots of wear & be enjoyed.
From the first look - I really liked the design details of the Ninot jacket by Pauline Alice. I also thought it would be good to try new techniques - welt pockets and bound buttonholes.
I initially traced the size 36 and made a partial muslin/toile which lacked enough ease - so I sized up and traced the size 38.
The changes I made were:
I chose a wool mix with lycra suiting - it has a nice drape which I thought would work well with this pattern design. The lining is a lovely bright teal colour, which goes very nicely with the greyish-blue of the suiting. I used a light sew-in interfacing for the bodice and a medium one for the collar.
I have a faint memory of making a bound buttonhole sample in high school. I sewed the bound buttonholes by hand as it gave me more control. I think they turned out quite well.
I’m pleased with the welt pockets, which I’ve never tried before. It gives such a lovely detail to this jacket. My corners aren’t perfect as there’s a bit of puckering, but I’m glad I learnt how to make welt pockets with this jacket.
The jacket could do with more ease or width at the shoulders - across my front it can feel a bit tight when fully buttoned up. Perhaps I should have added more width to the back and the front pieces - to make it more comfortable/looser.
The pattern illustrations I found at times a bit confusing, as some images were close-ups - which meant they were out of context. I found the photographs in the tutorial a really good accompaniment and helpful.
I wish there were more placement markings in the form of notches and dots on some of the pattern pieces. The dots on the sleeve don’t correspond to any on the bodice or back pieces. It would have also been good to have some markings on the two piece sleeve seam - I found it tricky to line up - as you need the sleeve head to remain a smooth curve.
I didn’t manage to line up the sleeve seams with the back yoke seams, which is probably because I didn’t adjust the sleeve pattern in the correct place when I altered the size of the side seams of the bodice and back pieces. There are also a few drag lines in the sleeves when I’m wearing it, which means it isn’t hanging well.
I learnt some new things with this jacket, so I’m pleased. I also have a wearable jacket for the Spring. It has a lovely swing shape when it’s worn, as the pleat at the back flares out.
It did feel like a long make but I’m glad I persisted and finished making it.
I made a (modest) list of sewing goals at the beginning of 2013. Here’s what I managed:
I did sew with some fabrics which were new to me - jersey, silk, viscose. It’s been good to try these.
These goals I didn’t manage:
Here are my 2014 goals: