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a skateboarder’s tee

My oldest son has recently discovered skateboarding, and even saved up his money to buy his first skateboard. I’m all in for encouraging them to be outdoors whenever possible, and I feel like this came at a perfect time for him. Last week as I was trying to get ideas for things to make him that he would wear, I went out and asked what kind of clothing he’d like to see added to his wardrobe. His response to me was simple, some tees, maybe a hockey one, maybe a skateboard one.

Since we’re going into summer, I figured the skateboard idea was more appropriate! I mean I love that he’s passionate about hockey but sometimes one needs a break right?!?

I was a bit stumped with what I was going to do for a tee when he suggested a skateboard shirt. So I turned to Pinterest to try to get some ideas but I wasn’t coming up with anything that I liked or that was kid appropriate. Then I turned to Etsy. This is my favourite resource for svg files when I’m stumped and can’t come up with my own ideas. I just searched skateboard svg and went from there.

Since the older they get, the more opinions they have, I asked him to sit down with me and tell me what he wanted and liked. He quickly landed on this listing. It’s a good thing he picked because this was honestly NOT what I was going to go with! hahaha. In my mind it’s just not what I thought he was describing when he said he wanted a skateboarding tee… and that is why I get them to help me now 😉

Now came time for the actual shirt. I decided to go with my trusted Rowan Tee pattern by Titchy Threads. According to his measurements he fit into the size 8 for chest and 10 for length, but he prefers his shirts on the looser side, so I went with the size 10 overall. I’m really pleased with the fit. It’s loose fitting on him, without being overly baggy like a store bought shirt would have been.

When it came down to the colours of the shirt, he chose a basic white jersey I had on hand (similar to this laguna jersey) and decided he wanted the transfer to be in gold. Again, not colours I would have picked if he wasn’t there so I’m glad I asked his opinion first! And a quick side note here, this is the beauty about sewing isn’t it?! You can easily and quickly make a basic and plain tee for your kids that fit properly and the material will last so much longer then if I had gone to the store and bought a plain tee to do this transfer on! Not even considering the fact that plain tees are so hard to come by!!! Ok now back to details….

The transfer was a little hard to photograph since it has a bit of a sheen to it, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used this teckwrap vinyl and so far it’s lasted me pretty good, although I would like to actually compare it to Cricut’s vinyl. This metallic one came out even better then the regular coloured ones, so that was a really good surprise.

Overall he was really excited about this tee and wore it’s already being worn to school! Which in my books, is a total win! Even better when it gets snatched up the second they see it’s finished!!


spring challenge 2019: day 3

Hello hello again!!! Day 3 has flown by hasn’t it?! I was able to fit in an hour today to get yet another quick sew finished. Quick projects are so satisfying, especially the ones that you can bang out in an hour! It just feels good to be able to finish multiple projects throughout the week thanks to those quick sews.

For this project, I pulled out this panel I purchased a few years ago from Whimsy Baby Customs (sadly, it seems it’s no longer available). I originally bought it for Logan, my superhero loving kid, but I feel like now it’s a little young for him so I decided to sew Josie a tee with it instead. Those two love playing batman and batgirl together. We have multiple masks and they’ll both be running around the house ‘catching bad guys’.

So to make it a bit more ‘girly’ for this munchkin, I opted to pair it with a vintage floral knit that I had in my stash. It took me forever to finally use this knit fabric on a project. Not sure why but I just couldn’t picture what it would become. Once I pulled it out though and set it next to the panel I felt like it had finally found it’s match. I also decided to try my hand at some simple colour blocking. But we’ll talk about that in a minute

Once I had the fabrics for this tee, I went back to my trusted Safari Raglan pattern. I decided to cut out a size 3 for this girl, even though I already had a size 2 ready to go. It’s a tad big on her, in hindsight, I should have just gone with the size 2 and lengthened it. But it’ll be ok…

Now the idea I had to make it a bit more fun and girly was to bring the flower fabric towards the front, matching the raglan seam angle on the bottom of the tee.

To do this, I cut out a square piece of paper, placed it until the front bodice so that it was square with the side seam and traced the angled portion of the sleeve. I cut the square where the line I traced was and then placed it square on the bottom of the bodice and and mirrored the cut in the pattern, while leaving room for the seam allowance as well. Not sure if that makes too much sense but this is my first foray into colour blocking without a pattern. It wound up turning out ok. I had envisioned the flower portion to be a bit bigger, so next time I’ll play around with my measurements a bit more and hopefully have a proper tutorial for you guys!

In the end though, I’m still really happy with the results and this first attempt. It’s definitely a jumping point to learn from and I’m excited to try again on another project. How about you guys? Are you trying any new techniques this Kid’s Clothes Week season? Or any new patterns?


spring 2019 challenge: day 2

Good morning!! As you’ve noticed, the day 2 post is coming at you at little late. It was definitely a crazy day 2 around our own house yesterday, but I still managed to get my hour of sewing in. I just had to break it down into two smaller chunks to make it work and wound up finishing late last night.

Let me just say this though before I get into the sewing details, it’s not always easy to get that hour in, I hear you and I get you! But an hour isn’t that much time in your day either, so committing yourself to achieve it even if it’s in smaller chunks (say 45 minutes here, 15 there…. or 30 and 30 minutes), will still get you to your goals!! And it’s worth it at the end of the week to be able to look back and say, yes, I did it!!!! 😀

Now on to some sewing!!! Yesterday turned out to be (as I mentioned) pretty crazy, and I reallllllly needed a quick and satisfying sew. So I opted to sew up this Avengers tee for Logan. This guy loves his superheroes and can tell you the different between Marvel vs DC, but he still loves both. I found this fabric through FB marketplace and can’t really seem to find it online (I’ve linked it but it’s sold out). But as soon as I showed him his eyes light right up and he asked me for multiple things out of it. I only had 1 yard though so I knew I had to ‘make it count’.

He’s in dire need of some new tees. So I opted to go that route. Since I wanted a quick sew, I went with my tried and true Flashback Skinny Tee. This guy likes a slimmer fit tee! And I love how they look on him, but they’re so hard to find store bought.

Based on his measurements, I sewed up a size 7/8 and then I added about 2 inches to the length, just to be on the safe side (since his height measurements put him more into the 9/10. I probably should have just added an inch rather then two sine it’s a bit long on him now, but you don’t even notice it. Plus he seems to have sprouted right up and has a tall chest/frame these days!

I’m really happy with how this tee turned out on him. I was a bit worried it was really busy pattern wise, and debated putting a small chest pocket in a black fabric to contrast it a bit and tone it down. But I actually really love how it came together! And best of all was the reaction I got from him when I handed it over. He wore it to bed last night and to school this morning… if that’s not a win I don’t know what is!

So what about you guys? How’s your week going so far? How are you finding time for your hour?