Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 in a Row

Jalie 2918; Chez ami striped jersey; brown jersey too slinky for the main fabric in a boys' shirt

When he ripped a giant hole in the elbow of his last nice shirt, I knew it was time to crank out some t-shirts for the child-who-will-not-wear-RTW. To my knowledge, he doesn't read sewing blogs, but he sure can go on about the horrible fit of store bought shirts!

Jalie 2918; Grey "chest stripe" pique knit which was $0.99 from Fabric.com.
Despite its price, this stuff wears like iron. I'm glad I bought several different colors.

When I sat down and focused on cutting out and stitching up 5 shirts, it didn't take long at all. Having the time (and peace) to focus is the challenge!

Jalie 2918. Chez Ami jerseys.

Jalie 2918. More of that $0.99 pique knit, this time in dark teal. Oops. I really did not notice the fold fade line until it was way too late. And it had to be almost center front! Maybe that's why I didn't see it when I was cutting.

And the last one is "Billy Raglan Sleeve T-shirt" (Ottobre 4-2010-37). For this I used a red jersey scrap and some black jersey from Mill End Textiles. I like the design of the shirt a lot, and look forward to using different color combinations. This one ended up looking like a bowling shirt to me. (No offense to bowling shirts...).


I used the above pattern (the versatile Jalie 2918) for the 1st four shirts. That makes 13 uses for this pattern. Not too shabby.

24 comments:

  1. Lucky boy! I like that last one best of all.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence on that one. He hasn't worn it yet!

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  2. Wow, not too shabby is right. Those shirts are great!

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    1. Thanks! I love getting so much variety from one pattern.

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  3. nice shirts - gotta love the Chez Ami fabrics! I feel so lucky to live near enough to the outlet to visit when it's open. ;-)

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    1. Yeah, I'm jealous! I'm still hoarding some of the fabrics (and buttons!) I managed to get at their warehouse sale a few years ago.

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  4. Wow! Nice work. I too love the Billy top from Otto - it just seems nice and a bit more grown up for the boys.

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    1. I think you're right - it does seem more grown up.

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  5. I love it that your son will wear mum made stuff....my son who is 22 still eyes my suggestions with suspicion but he did have the rag rug I made for his flat!

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    1. Well, a rag rug is a good start!

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  6. Wow. He is a real fashion plate. You do great work!

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  7. Wow- you've got a total tshirt factory going :) Aren't Jalie patterns just awesome?

    I really like the chest stripe one, it looks fabulous!

    By the way, I've been having a huge amount of trouble posting comments on blogs where the comments are on the post page instead of on a separate comment page - I had to switch computers to post this one. :( Just a heads up, but it seems that most Mac browsers can't handle blogspot comment forms on the post pages! :( :(

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    1. Hmmm, thanks for letting me know. I'll switch it an see if that helps. I just eliminated the word verification (as a trial) for the same reason.

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  8. Joy, you surely crank out some very nice shirts for your son. He'll get a lot of wear out of them.

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  9. Cennetta - I've already been seeing a lot of those shirts! I'll have to make more when I get tired of these (:

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  10. Impressive as always. What is going to happen to your children when they grow up, leave home and have to wear ready-made? I think they might need sewing lessons.

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  11. Sigrid - I think you're right. The real world of RTW could be a cruel shock!

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  12. What a discerning boy!
    The billy shirt reminds me of a Rugby Shirt, the new kind, not the classic kind. Nothing like a bowling shirt!

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  13. I love the color blocked/bowling one! My children don't discern at all between me-made and rtw, despite the early exposure... Not that I'd ever get half as much sewn as you do!

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  14. I like the gray one with the stripes! But it's a hard choice, they all look great. Lucky kid. And I really get a giggle out of the fact that he won't wear RTW!

    Sam

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  15. When you have an awesome mom who sews such great shirts, why in the world would you want to wear RTW! Great shirts each of them. I especially like the v neck top with the stripes.

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  16. Excellent t shirts. I love how you have made them look so different.

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  17. woow, you've been busy. They look great and you have adorable kids. I have a hard time sewing for my son because he grows so fast. I might make him a coat next winter because he'll wear that enough to make it worth my time.

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  18. I'm finally catching up with my computer! What a week! Love the shirts - I think #4 is my favorite, (not-very-noticeable) fade line and all - love the neckline.

    Just realized last week that very soon I will have to start getting J a school wardrobe, and E's homemade LS shirts will not work for her because they're so different in body shape. Who would've thought my clever hand-me-down system among three girls would be sabotaged by custom-fit? BAH. Off to shop at Target!

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