Continuing on in my quest to sew a wardrobe for my youngest. Why my youngest? Because she’s my favorite.
Ha…I jest. (Of course) Okay, maybe it’s because she requires the least amount of fabric and harbors the least amount of unsolicited opinions on the finished product. At least, she has the smallest vocabulary. Not to mention that when I mentioned sewing my oldest daughter’s concert dress, she fell into a heap of bitter tears. Moving right along…
This little one was quite happy with her new ‘birdy shirt.’ If she sees it, it is what she’s wearing that day. And I don’t blame her, I love this fabric, and had trouble deciding what to make with it, so in the end it came down to necessity. Girl needs some t-shirts for the warmer weather that is surely (let’s be optimistic) on its way. I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and widened it a smidge. So I guess we’ll just call it a Flashback Tee. Because if I’m hand-sewing this girl a wardrobe, I’d like it to last more than a couple of months. I also added puff sleeves to the FBST, and then top stitched a peter pan collar shape, but seriously, you can’t even see that. I like the concept, in theory, but it really is a non-existent feature here because the pattern is so busy. Honestly, every time she wears this, I picture it as a little tee and shorts set of pajamas. I have a feeling they are in her future.
The pants are another pair of Hosh pants (see here, and here). I made this pair straight leg, and sized up to get a lot of wear out of these. I will probably have to go in and shorten the elastic once she is out of diapers, though…the extra padding is definitely helping these babies stay up. (The pattern calls for buttonhole elastic to make them adjustable, but I just sewed in some regular, old elastic.) I also added little pockets to these pants after the fact, which was a little slapshoddy and a total hack, but sometimes that method works just fine.
I love these pants with other, less colorful and patterned, shirts. A nice hot pink pop with her more neutral shirts is fun to see after this marathon winter.
The quick and dirty details…
Patterns: Flashback Skinny T (3T), Hosh Pants (2T)
Measurements: Her belly measures at 19 1/2 inches. (She will be 3 in May)
Materials: A pink bottom weight, bird and flower patterned knit, and purple ribbing…all from Jo Ann’s.
Notions: Thread, one-inch elastic
Difficulty Level: Both beginner friendly, and a more advanced seamstress could sew it up in an afternoon. If you’re a beginner, the most difficult elements would be the neckband of the t-shirt and making the waistband on the pants. Neither are especially difficult, but they take time when it’s a new concept. I can’t visualize something until I actually do it, so even though the waistband is not at all tricky AND the pattern has step-by-step directions, the first time I still needed to take my time. As far as necklines go, they take practice. Mine is pretty disgruntled and wonky, but at the end of the day it’s just a practice thing. If you’re new to knits, look for interlock, it’s like sewing a woven!
Oh, and don’t forget to pay your model. Preferably in chocolate.