Jess (over at Craftiness Is Not Optional) is currently having the Rachel Wrap Sew-Along where she's taking the week (one dose of instructions per day) to teach us how to make adorable kid-size kimono-style shirts. (You really must pop over there and bask in all the cuteness. Not to mention Jess' fun-to-read tutorials.) I've had a goal for a while now to sew more of Olivia's clothes, so of course I jumped on board with the sew-along!
But you know me. I'm impatient. And really bad at making patterns. (And, coincidentally, bad at currently having a big enough piece of fabric around to make a kid's shirt out of.) So once I had my pattern pieces all ready to go on the first day, I decided to try a little something different. (And--I'll admit it--I chose the knit fabric so it was bound to stretch in case I made my pattern really badly as you all know I'm apt to do.)
So here's basically the run-down on how I made this very plain-Jane version of the Rachel Wrap...
- Made pattern pieces following Jess' awesome tutorial.
- Cut out double of everything, using old t-shirts as my fabric.
- Cut some strips of t-shirt (to make the ties), folded them in half, sewed them together, and turned them right side out. I made 4 ties total.
- Basically made two shirts, sans bias tape.
- With wrong sides together, I sewed both shirts together (so one "shirt" became the lining for the actual shirt).
- Kept those little sleeve ends open.
- Turned it all right-side out by pulling everything through an open sleeve.
- Edge stitched around the entire shirt.
- Edge stitched those little sleeve shut.
- Done and done.
- And totally became an official cheater at the sew-along.
By the way, my pattern turned out awesome this time. So awesome, in fact, that I just might try and follow the actual sew-along with regular woven fabric now. :)
Also, as I was making this shirt, I liked it, but I wasn't sure how I'd like it on Olivia. As it turns out, I love how it looks on Olivia. Way more than I even thought I would. I just love it.
|This is by far my favorite picture from the bunch. :)|
|I made Olivia's shoes using THIS wonderful pattern from Winter Peach.|
P.S. It's my sister Polly's birthday today!
Happy Birthday Polly!
Please feel free to head over to her blog Helping Little Hands and give her some fun birthday wishes. :)