Sewing and textiles with Ann
Littl’un is outgrowing some of the original set of patterns that i bought, including the School Bus Tee from Oliver and S. So i decided that she needed something more feminine as she grows up. It’s not unusual for me to make her a t-shirt out of left overs from jersey items that i am making for myself. Very good waste reduction strategy!
I settled on the Lunch Box Tee, also from Oliver and S. It’s slightly boxy (allowing me a margin for error on sizing!), and has front inset pockets. I’m guessing she now has things that can go into those pockets, other than just hands!
Having said that, the first version that i made, and mentioned in this blog post, i omitted the pockets. Versatility in the absence of sufficient fabric for pockets! So, wanting to ensure that patterns purchased with the intention of multiple uses, get multiple uses, i made another. This time its from slightly thicker jersey, in her favourite colour, pink, and has pockets. Most of it was made on the overlocker, although i stitched the pockets on the machine, as instructed, and then also finished the pocket edges with an overlocking stitch on the sewing machine, so that i could get round the corners more effectively. I haven’t used that stitch and foot for ages. At most it took me 2 hours to make, including tacking the neck band and sleeves before stitching.
The pattern goes from age 5 to 12, so will get loads of use. It may out do my Lark pattern! She is only 3 1/2 now, but i suspect that age 5 will fit OK. The tee can also be made with short cuffed sleeves. It also comes with culottes. I asked Mum if she thought she would wear culottes, and the answer was ‘Probably not. Wait a couple of years.’ So i will.