Kids Clothes Week – Day 4

Day 4 was about getting things done.  I spent the morning cutting out fabric to make 3 different shirts.  Originally I had planned to make the Vintage V-Neck today but as I was cutting I got inspired by the Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew and some of the fun combinations I had in my stash so I went with that for today.

I have been dying to use the feather knit from Girl Charlee since it arrived and I knew that a super soft and heavy weight mustard yellow knit I had would work perfectly.  The end result was even better than I had envisioned.  I decided to try the elbow length for Sophie’s shirt and use the main fabric on the sleeve cuffs as well.

Sophie actually requested this shirt when she woke up from her nap, which made this momma very happy.  Since she gladly put the shirt on and I was able to bribe her with sugar cookies and icing if she would come outside me with and take some pictures.  Benny was less than pleased about putting his shirt on but once we were outside he was happy to play along too.

She was rocking out in her new shirt and having a great time running up and down the sidewalk with her runner boots on.  Benny is not as steady on his feet and not nearly as fast as his big sister.

For Benny’s tee I knew I wanted to use some of the grey argyle that I had and thought that a dark blue knit would be a great complement.  I went for the long sleeve version of the shirt for Ben’s and I just love the look of the extra long sleeve cuff, especially since the cuff is in the argyle.  I think this argyle paired with the mustard yellow from Sophie’s would also be a great combination.  Just like with Sophie’s shirt it turned out even better than I imagined it.

This pattern is amazing, not only is it easy to understand for all levels but it is a quick sew.  I know that as I continue to make them I will get even faster.  My head is spinning with all of the possibilities I can make with this pattern.  I love that this pattern will work for all 4 seasons here in Seattle.  My next version is going to be the long sleeve with the button tab, so cute.

Today was a big day for me in terms of my sewing, I felt confidence that I believe only comes from having big sewing successes.  I think these successes are mostly because of such great patterns.  Because of that newfound confidence I even tried something new today that has intimidated me for years, as in I have never actually tried it despite having one for 15 years.

The double needle.

Crazy that it has taken me so long to try and in the end it was really easy.  Who knew it could be so easy and give such a professional look.  Normally I just chicken out and do a zigzag, like I did on Ben’s tee but I thought I would give it a try with Sophie’s and after actually just doing it I realized what I have been missing all these years.  A super professional finish to the shirt.

I was on a roll after these two shirts and decided I didn’t want to stop at just them and I couldn’t resist making another Bimaa but this time for Benny with the Shawl Collar.  My little model was less than cooperative so check back with tomorrow’s post to see my two cute kiddos wearing their matching Bimaa’s.  Also featured tomorrow is the Vintage V-neck with some vintage jersey sheets I picked up at a thrift store recently as well as a version in black with a pop of colour at the collar.

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