I’ve been experimenting again–this time for Froo. On Labour Day, we visited Hart’s Fabric, where I purchased a lush jersey knit in Lilac Strawberry from the Briar Rose collection, by Heather Ross. I’ve seen the collection all over the Internet, but it wasn’t until I saw it in person that I fell for the print. It reminds me of a happy childhood summer.
Doesn’t this shirt look like it smells good?
I based this shirt on the Flashback Skinny Tee in size 5T (which is the best pattern ever for kids tees: the excellent instructions & photos for sewing with knits, the perfect fit and the versatility for modification make it a staple in my pattern collection). Then I went nutty with my alterations to make it look like my scoop neck tova.
I managed to get a full pleat in the center front of the shirt by adding 4 inches of extra width to the front piece. I drafted the inset piece and tried to get it to look like a continuous scoop, but it’s looking a little disjointed. I’ll just call this one a square neck shirt instead. The strawberry buttons are from Daiso.
The neck opening doesn’t require stretch since there are buttonholes in the inset, so I decided to bind the neck opening with bias tape. Besides, I had oodles of aqua dot bias tape leftover from my Datura blouse. Here’s a look at the inside of the shirt:
I shortened and widened the sleeves to use the same “Wiksten Tova” method of gathering the sleeves and putting in cuffs. Since the cuffs are narrow, I used a stretch tricot stitch to attach the cuffs and a double-needle to finish it on the outside to ensure that there is still a bit of stretch.
To reduce bulk in the sleeve cuffs, the edge is only folded once, making it exposed on the inside. I serged the edges to give it a finished look. This cotton jersey knit fabric is a bit thicker and the edges curl like crazy–it really helps to use a serger to stabilize the edges.
The hem is finished with a serger and a double needle:
Froo loves strawberries, the buttons and the shirt! But she scratched her foot on her bed a moment before taking photos and didn’t feel like wearing her new shirt. Her unhappy first pose:
She is covering up most of the shirt with her bunny, so let’s focus on the next best thing: pinkish taupe suede boots. Recently acquired hand-me-downs from Froo’s second cousins. How awesome are they?
I had a couple of head-scratching, perplexed moments while making the strawberry knit mini tova, but I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think it’ll be a great go-to shirt for school as the weather gets cooler. I lengthened the shirt by 2 1/2″, which provides extended coverage and the pleat makes it comfortable for Froo to run around in. I love this look for Froo.
Although, I’m not sure Froo is convinced:
Finally, a couple of photos of Froo & me in our new knit tovas:
A couple of happy shirts for a couple of happy girls. Similar, yet different. Just like the two of us.