I started writing about the Tee Times Three shirts which I’d made for Squirm over here, and never got back to finish off! Here’s the last three I made in my shirt making binge
Use Up Fabric Shirt One
This was a simple exercise in using up some old fabric. The orange had been hanging around for a while and the stripes were from a shirt I made for a friend’s son. I should have been more careful with getting the stripes straight though. I really like the orange cuffs and the orange buttons on the kangaroo pocket – the really make the shirt ‘pop’ for me.
Use Up Fabric Shirt Two
Most of my fabric scraps were much to small for a whole shirt, but too big to throw away. I sat down with my colour blocked pattern and matched my different pieces of pattern to my pieces of pattern and then pieced all my different bits together. I also stamped an elephant on the sleeve pocket, though it’s a bit hard to see. I actually need to go back and hand sew the edge of the pocket down – but this was a nice way to use all my scraps.
The Captain America Shirt
Squirm is an Avengers fan, thanks to the Little Golden Book version. So he obviously needed a Captain America shirt 🙂 I used some gorgeous cotton lycra from East Coast Fabrics and coloured in the shield with fabric pens from Spotlight. I did the neck like Squirm’s Harry Potter t-shirt, though I didn’t break the machine this time . . .
Setting all the pieces out the way I wanted them. I was just going to have a plain white pocket to start with, but when I looked at some Captain America art, I knew I needed the stripes. I just used some left over red, sewed the long sides together and then hid the seams at the back when I sewed them on. Tops and bottoms where hidden when I sewed the pocket together
A highly technical piece of equipment was used to work out the size and placement of the shield . . .
Other plates and containers gave me the inside circles, then I used a LOT of pen to colour it in
I made a mistake when I drew in the star, thinking that the star itself was coloured in, not the area around it. Luckily the lines don’t show up very much after a few washes
Checking how the shield would look
The sewn pocket being pinned in place. Still don’t think I got it straight . . . .
I attached front, back and sleeves before attaching the shield. I sewed around each circle which was a bit time consuming, but meant it sat beautifully on the fabric
After putting the neck in, I kind of wanted a white star button, which I couldn’t find. Squirm, on the other hand, demanded a red button which worked beautifully. That boy has good taste
Captain America always takes his shield with him.
If you’re looking for a good basic kids pattern, which is quite customisable, I do recommend the Blank Slate Tee Times Three. I’ve got a lot of use out of it already, and I know there’s more years of use ahead of me