|Who knew that it would be easier to sew a plain t-shirt than to buy one!? |
So, I was planning my son's second birthday party. Kinda last minute as is usual for me. He's only 2 so I know any theme and decor work I planned would be mostly for me so I was trying to not go too crazy. But, he loves his construction books and toys so I was searching that on Pinterest. When I saw this tutorial for simple truck tees, I had to do it. I have fabric paint and freezer paper. I figured I could just pickup a plain tee at Michaels and it'd be a quick project, right? No. Adult sizes, kid sizes, and baby rompers, but no toddler shirts. Checked next door at Target. No plain t-shirts. Went home and checked amazon. Nothing that shipped with my Prime membership (and I had less than a week at this point).
At that point I decided that even though I had a lot of party cooking to do, a yard to prepare for the party, a two year old and a 3 month old to take care of, I could whip up a plain t-shirt easier than I could buy one. Oh, and my sewing room was still in disarray from our kitchen remodel since it had been emptied out (it's the laundry area/kitchen entrance from the outside).
I had my son pick out a fabric. Good thing he liked two that were sitting on the large pile in the closet. The green interlock would work well for the collar and the grey jersey would be the t-shirt.
He "helped" me trace out the pattern from the Ottobre magazine that was my mothers' day present. (My daughter helped by being a wonderful napper!). I was able to cut it out while he napped and painted on the truck that night before I sewed up the shirt. (Bonus for not using a premade shirt!)
The next night I got most of it put together and then he watched me hem it the next day. He was so excited to wear it, I had a hard time convincing him to let me finish before he grabbed it and tried to wear it!
I'm happy with it, and I made a rubber stamp with the same digger to make favor bags and some decorations for the party. I'm also stamping some thank you cards. And then I noticed that the sewing for children contest is running so I get to enter it. Woo! I haven't done much sewing lately.
And my son loves it. He says "Mama. Make." when he puts it on or someone comments on it.
T-shirts with embellishments
92-146 cm (2T-?) I made the 92 size for my son's 2nd birthday.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were. I especially liked adding the collar flat. It had you sew one shoulder seam, the collar and then the other shoulder seam. Neat!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This T-shirt is pretty slim. My son is average to fairly tall and slim (for a 2 yr old). I imagine the larger sizes will fit better as he grows taller and eventually loses the diaper butt too. (We also use cloth diapers so while the shirt hit right above the bulk of the hips, he's pretty wide there and the shirt rides up)
Single jersey for the shirt, interlock for the collar. Cotton.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I painted the digger on the shirt following this tutorial.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I sew it again soon, I'll widen the body of the shirt. I might leave it in larger sizes the way it is. But it is a good basic t-shirt pattern!
My son loves his shirt. That makes me happy!