Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Celebrate the Boy



I have been loving celebrating the boy this month with MADE and madebyrae. Every morning I wake up and check to find the day's boy inspired projects first thing.

This 90-min-shirt tutorial was calling my name, and despite the dozen half-finished projects waiting for my attention, I started one right away.



The tutorial was very easy to follow. Loved it. The only things I did or would do differently next time:

-Cut the ribbing two inches shorter and stretch it a little while sewing it on so that after it is sewn it will automatically pull itself back into the right shape. I did this on the cuffs and wish I had done it on the collar too.

-Also, I don't own a serger so I just rolled a 1/4 inch under on the top side of the ribbing before folding it in half. Then, I sewed two parallel lines about an 1/8 of an inch apart. I gives it a bit more polished look.

This is my first time working with knit and it was surprisingly less scary than expected especially when using my new ball point needle. It's nice to have the fabric give a little. And I'm so in love with the easiness of the envelope collar when setting in sleeves I just might marry one.

12 comments:

Jane said...

Cute shirt! I don't have a serger either so I always like seeing people who can make stuff with knits without it. Plus, My Father's Dragon is one of my favorite books and that dragon is just delightful!

Ana said...

Oooh, I just saw your shirts over at MADE and I had to come and see. I just finished reading My Father's Dragon to my pre-k class, and we can't wait to start reading the next one. You just inspired me to make something for my classroom during winter break.

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n8 and Aubrey said...

So fun! I can't believe how busy you've been lately. Love Teagie's coat and boots and LOVE this dragon shirt. How fun!

Lise said...

I'm here from MADE--had to come compliment you on your awesome My Father's Dragon shirt! I love it! And, oh, my gosh, is your baby adorable!!!

Leah said...

Saw the "My Father's Dragon" shirt and made and had to tell you how much I loved it!! Hope you don't mind me doing the same?!?
I am SO bookmarking you!

the mama monster said...

that turned out darling! one of my boys is really into dragons right now. thanks for the inspiration. by the way, did you ever get your headband?

Jessica said...

I saw your photo from Dana's MADE blog. I am a huge fan of My Father's Dragon and LOVE this shirt! Great job, and I actually prefer the non-serged edges of ribbing. Great job.

Jessica said...

I saw your photo from Dana's MADE blog. I am a huge fan of My Father's Dragon and LOVE this shirt! Great job, and I actually prefer the non-serged edges of ribbing. Great job.

The mother goddess Randi said...

Your posting was my happy surprise moment of my day. Not only do I love you and all your cleverness but 50 years ago I fell in love with "My Fathers Dragon" and have read all the books to my children and now my grands.

Jenny said...

Hi there... just now stopping by from MADE. My shirts were pictured right below yours! I love your shirt. I think the unserged trim looks great-think I'll do that on the next one. Somehow I haven't heard of the book My Father's Dragon! I'll have to check it out to read to my boys. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Jenny said...

Oops, my shirts weren't below yours... mine are the gorilla shirt and the brown with red trim.

Jennifer said...

loving all you do!

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