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Sometimes I complete a sew and I love it. Sometimes I complete a project and it’s just MEH.

This is a MEH. While cleaning my fabric storage area, I came across the navy rib knit, all cut out. I started it as a school shirt for my grade 7 son.

I don’t have any idea what pattern I used. The sleeves are a good length. The shirt part, front and back, was about a foot short!

Crop shirts for boys/men are def NOT trending at this time!

I am pleased with my brilliant idea to add a colour block band. Actually, in hindsight, maybe it was someone else’s idea as I complained a lot about it. Will the blue colour run into the white? I’m excited to find out. Weird, but true.

I top stitched the whole thing in white. I LOVE top stitching! I love the look of it. But I feel like on this project it should have been narrower.

Lastly, I’m really disappointed with the way the sleeves bell out at the end. So disappointed, I might rip out the hem, and add cuffs.

In conclusion, I just wasn’t feeling this project. I just wanted it done. I rushed. I’m never happy with rushed projects. I probably should have just put it back in the basement and made something else for his turn to get something “made by Mommy”.

Next up, fast easy leggings for my lil gurl. Hopefully. Fast. Hopefully. Easy.


The devil is in the details

I’m so happy with this finished project. It was a simple, free, pattern to download from craftsy.com, from NapTimeCreations. I went berserkers making it way more complicated. I am having trouble inserting links….

Raglan Shirt pattern 18mth – 10T

Nap-Time Creations


I used my Cricut to cut out the shape with wax paper. I used In My Garden cartridge. image

I am just trying to decide now if the bias tape on the bottom of the shirt looks cool or dorky.


I ironed the wax paper onto the orange fabric. Then I fussy cut the orange fabric out, with the wax paper still glued to it. I placed scraps of wider bias tape behind the centers of the flowers, and attached the whole design to the front of the shirt using Heat and Bond. I accidentally bought the featherlite Heat and Bond, so the flowers are not really staying on. I am much better at straight stitches, rather than sewing on a curve. (WHO ISN’T???) I think the straight stitches to hold the flowers on adds a unique design element.


Cuffs on the sleeves are not part of the original pattern either. I guessed. I am very happy with the result. I top stitched the cuffs with a stretch stitch to get a more store bought look, and also to force the seam allowance to lay flat inside the sleeve.


The pattern calls for stretch knit, and I chose a contrasting woven front, flannel. If I did this again, I would cut the woven piece on the bias, to give lots of stretch.


Adding the piping between the front and sleeve, I used my zipper foot, and moved my needle position to get as close to the edge of the roll of the piping as possible. I only did one layer of fabric at a time. It meant sewing the seam twice with a stretch stitch, (time consuming!) but well worth the EXTRA STEP for a perfect finish.


I top stitched the neck band as well, again, to force it to lay flat, and not roll out, and for more of a factory look. I have learned the hard way to always use a stretch stitch when top stitching, even when top stitching non stretch projects. The top stitching just seems to snap or burst at the slightest stress.


I am so pleased with the finished project. It will be interesting to see what happens after I wash it….will the petals curl up? Will that look neat, or lame?