Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Toddler Shirt

How did he grow this quickly?  All of a sudden the little guy's 12 month clothes are too tight around his belly.  I told his mom, daughter Erin, that I would make him a couple of shirts.  So while the red thread was on the serger, I pulled out some red fabrics.

Now for the pattern, just a simple long sleeve t-shirt.  I automatically went for the  Sewing for Babies book and the largest size was 12-18 months.  I thought that might be too small, so I pulled out Kwik Sew's Sewing for Toddlers.  Now that makes me a bit sad, already on the Toddler book?
If you are not familiar with these Kwik Sew books, don't let the awful cover deter you.  The patterns are wonderful basics and the fit is perfect.  A good bargain when you factor in all the patterns and design options included in the book.


I traced a 1T and went to work.  The first fabric is from a box of fabric given to me by a friend of my mom's.  A stripe knit perfect for a boy and navy ribbing from stash.

Sitting so nicely for a picture.

A side view on the next shirt/



A happy little walker but the shirt is a bit short,  I added 1" to the length on the next shirt.


I just had to show this face, it was so funny.  Meredith snapped the picture at just the right time.  I believe he is not happy with me.


Here is the other shirt, I made him.  I used a red knit, with some leftover stripe from this onsie and a label for the front. He wore it the other day but I think it was about 3 minutes and he had graham cracker on the front.  So this picture will have to do.

Little guy, his mom and dad will be moving out in 2-3 weeks, their house is almost complete.  I know we will miss his sweet little face to greet us each morning but I am sure his parents are ready for their own space once again.   Me?  I have some painting plans in the house and plan on spending lots of time in the sewing room.  After all, I need to keep him in shirts!



17 comments:

  1. LOVE the angry face picture!!!

    Seeing the KwikSew Sewing for Toddlers book took me back to my DDs toddler days. I used that book for so many garments! The garments are very basic and can be embellished and altered in hundreds of ways. I hope it's still in print.

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    1. It does take you back, Elaray, I was thinking about all the garments I made my girls. The book can still be purchased.

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  2. The shirts are so cute and the one on the bottom looks *so* RTW with the stripe and the label! Where did you get the label? I bought labels with random words on them years ago at Joanns and now all I can find are woven labels with words like "baby" on them. I have even tried scrapbooking web sites.

    Anyway, the shirts look great! And I agree with Elaray, that angry face is a keeper!

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    1. The labels were purchased many years ago, when my twins were little, so 15-18 years ago. I was on a quiltropolis email list called Sewing4Kids and someone found these labels in Australia, the company was called Lamington Labels, I would say the participants bombarded them with orders. I mainly ordered girl type labels but a couple months ago Debbie offered to send me hers (she only has boys and was a member of that email list, too.) I accepted and love using them, really makes the outfit.

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  3. Ahahahahahaha! His little grumpy face! My nephew's 18-month clothes are getting too small for him, but he still can't walk! He's huge! He also scoots instead of a traditional crawl, so the seats of his pants keep wearing out, hahaha!

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    1. That is so funny how he scoots, he knows how to get around the best way for him.

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  4. Cute shirts! Reminds me of sewing for my son. I think the Toddler's book was the most used. Your grandson is growing like a weed.

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    1. It is a great book and thanks.

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  5. He is so cute! I love the shirts you made. That book sounds very useful.

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    1. Thanks, Angela, the book is a great one and boys is stripes is always a good option.

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  6. Great little shirts from that oldie-but-goodie Kwik Sew book.....!

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    1. It is an oldie but goodie book, happy I have it on the shelf

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  7. What a cutie! And the t-shirts look great on him! Boy is he lucky to have a grandma like you!

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    1. Thanks, Pam, the shirt is a nice basic and perfect for play.

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  8. Awww adorable and the t-shirts are too cute. I have 2 of those kwik sew toddler &children books that were given to me along with other books from a coworker's late mom. Need to revisit them and just may sew something or two for my great niece & nephew.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila, you will enjoy the books, lots of pattersn, sizes and options for basic garments.

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  9. he shirts are so cute and the one on the bottom looks, And the t-shirts look great on him

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