Her favourite colour is red

Miss B is currently avoiding all the summer dresses in her wardrobe and wearing skirts and t-shirts.  Choosing clothes is her domain.  It’s my responsibility to ensure there are clean clothes in the cupboard.  But as Miss B only has a handful of t-shirts, I’m currently not keeping up my end of the bargain!

So, I put my machine knitting and selfish sewing aside yesterday, and set to work on a girls t-shirt pattern.  The pattern I choose was the Hoops T-Shirt (pictured below on the right) from Ottobre 3/2012 .

Miss B was allowed to choose the knit fabric from my extensive stash.  I wasn’t surprised by her choice – red is her favourite colour.  The fabric is a Hilco Campan Knit (97% cotton and 3% elastane) from Earthgirl Fabrics.  The red and white stripe has sold out, but there are other colourways available.

I made size 104, which is one size bigger than Miss B’s measurements.  Room for growing?

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Check out the stripe matching!

This was the first time that I’d applied neck binding on a t-shirt so the binding encloses the seam and it is stitched down on the right side (I don’t even know what this method is called!).  Although not perfect, I was happy with the result.  On previous knit necklines I’ve used Jorth’s neckline binding tutorial.

Rather than using ribbing for the binding, I made binding (read here… I burnt my fingers too many times to count!) from the t-shirt fabric.  For unknown reasons, I’m not a fan of ribbing.

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The pattern suggested I use clear elastic tape to gather the sleeves head and hems, but as I didn’t have any, I improvised and shirred these areas (I used elastic thread in the bobbin of my machine).  It worked a treat!

The gathering on my sleeve hem isn’t as noticeable as in the magazine picture.  Before bed last night we had a ‘half-way through construction try-on’ and I was worried the sleeves would be too tight.  I then purposely removed the majority of the gathering when applying the binding.  Looking at the photo below, I think I over compensated.  Something to remember for next time, and yes, there will definitely be a next time!

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Miss B is very happy with her new stripey t-shirt and Mr Blogless Anna’s commented “That looks like a shop brought t-shirt.”  High praise indeed.

And finally a word from our model, “Stop taking my photo”.

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