Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring KCW: Knit Sailboat Top

Here is my second completed Kids Clothes Week project. I am so so so happy with it! I have been wanting to sew more with knits, but they are expensive to buy, and I have loved the way this Oliver + S Sailboat Top pattern looks for a few years. The pattern is retired, which means it is now only available in digital form. I don't usually like digital patterns because of the extra work involved in taping a million pieces of printer paper exactly spaced together. I have had my eye out on etsy and in local shops for a physical version of the pattern, but never found one. Sooooo, I gave in and bought the digital one.

I used a size small women's Forever 21 sweatshirt that I got at Value Village for $4. It was in great non-pilled condition, 100% cotton, and not stained. Plus the owls are super cute. The blue lining for the neckline and hem line came from an Old Navy shirt that I have cut pieces off of for other projects. I should have found something a bit more sturdy. The blue fabric was too stretchy and flimsy. I had to make a couple extra tucks in it to help it fit in a few places.

I sewed this shirt using both my sewing machine with a ball point needle and a serger. The sewing machine with the ball point needle worked well for the lining seams, and the serger was great for the arm and side seams. I need to learn more about adjusting the serger's tensions to keep it from stretching the knit as it sews. I usually don't care for contrasting top stitching color, but because the lining was somewhat visible, I decided to use teal thread to help tie it together.

Rather than buttons on the shoulders, I used my favorite snaps.

I cut the sleeves for this top out of the original arms with the elbow patches in place. I was a little worried that they would be way too big. They are not as bad as I had envisioned! 

This is a size 2T, which looks like it will fit Miss H for a while. The is room to grow up and out, and room for longer arms.

I will certainly make this pattern again!


  1. Gorgeous! Found you in the KCW Flickr pool. You need to play with the differential feed on the serger to stops the seams going wavy. Turn it up!

  2. This is really cute! I love the fabric and the snaps are perfect! I also found you from the KCW flickr pool!

  3. I wanted to let you know I did a round up from KCW on my blog and I included your owl shirt, it is just so cute!

  4. It's gorgeous! Congratulations for what you did! Are you interested for exchanging digital patterns (even if you don't love digital ones!)? I have some I bought for adults or children. If you are, please wright me an email so that I can see what could make you happy! See you. nolwenn

    1. I'm sorry I can't swap patterns. That is not legal! They are copyrighted and are for personal use only. Please do not contact me again.


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