This shirt gets a lot of wear these days. More wear than anything I have made that child, actually. Except maybe this.
After a sewing lull, I tested the Raindrop Tee by Gracious Threads. I really thought about stopping pattern testing, but I decided to make some rules for myself, instead and only sew patters that 1) really appealed to me and would be something I would purchase perhaps in an actual store, and 2) I thought I could make multiple times, for multiple variations, and for multiple children. The Raindrop Tee fit that criteria pretty effortlessly.
I liked the high/low hem because I thought she could wear it with leggings, but my girl who refuses to wear a woven fabric on her upper half seems to have no problem with skinny jeans. Kids are so weird, man.
Actually, Chloe has been asking me to make her some more clothes these days. This is coming from the kid who burst into tears on the floor of Jo Ann’s when I tried to get her all jazzed up about picking out her own fabrics for a school concert dress. [sobbing]…I just want a store dress, Mooooom! A dress that you….you know…go into a store and buy. (She got the store dress, and I stopped sewing for her for months! Abuse by handmades is probably a prosecutable offense.)
The fabric was from Girl Charlee, another fabric gifted to me by the lovely Erin. Seriously, that girl is the best. I wish we lived in the same town, I bet she’s the kind of friend that brings you casseroles and shows up with coffee (or wine) when you’re feeling blue.
As for the sewing, it’s stating the obvious that it sews up fast. The curve would have been tricky for me a year ago, but now I always hem curves (and a lot of hems in general) by sewing along the seam allowance and then pressing up to stitch. The girls over at Indiesew have a great tutorial on this process (and a few other hemming options).
We are full on in the second grade year now. It’s amazing how independent they are at this stage. She does her homework on her own, reads chapter books (she loves anything funny), and has turned pretend kitchen play into full on making lunch for herself and her siblings. I remember being pretty jealous when a friend’s son (probably the age Chloe is now, actually) made his own toasted cheese in the toaster oven. I mean, I had a newborn, 2 and 3-year-old, and not one of those freeloaders could dress themselves or buckle a car-seat. Good thing they were cute.