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!

6 comments:

  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!

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

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  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! http://heartlandhappy.blogspot.com/2013/05/yeahim-slacker.html

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  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
    nolwennleddet@gmail.com

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    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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