Friday, March 21, 2008

My First Kwik Sew

I got my Kwik Sew's Sewing for Toddlers in the mail yesterday, so I promptly traced the pattern for the T-shirt, hacked into my favorite old long-sleeve T-shirt that's too well-loved for me to wear any longer, and made this little number for T.

I messed up the neckline, but other than that I'm fairly happy. I even salvaged the wrist cuffs from the original T-shirt and cut the body pieces so that I kept the original cover-stitched hems (my regular sewing machine doesn't have stretch stitch and doesn't handle knits well at all.) I tried to do a neck band of self-fabric, but even with the addititonal length that they suggest for self-fabric neckbands, there was no way I could get it to stretch all the way around the neck hole. So I trimmed off the offending fabric and used some gray ribbing from my stash (not really a matching gray, but not too bad). So the neck is pretty saggy baggy. My next try will be better, I'm sure! Really, Kwik Sew must be pretty idiot proof. If I, with my newbie serger skills and a recycled T-shirt, can make something cute and wearable . . . ? I'm sold!

I just bought a bunch of cute interlock at Joann's to make him some more T-shirts for his birthday. I think I'll try the raglan pattern next.

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