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November 22, 2012 / Blogless Anna

Her favourite colour is red

Miss B is currently avoiding all the summer dresses in her wardrobe and wearing skirts and t-shirts.  Choosing clothes is her domain.  It’s my responsibility to ensure there are clean clothes in the cupboard.  But as Miss B only has a handful of t-shirts, I’m currently not keeping up my end of the bargain!

So, I put my machine knitting and selfish sewing aside yesterday, and set to work on a girls t-shirt pattern.  The pattern I choose was the Hoops T-Shirt (pictured below on the right) from Ottobre 3/2012 .

Miss B was allowed to choose the knit fabric from my extensive stash.  I wasn’t surprised by her choice – red is her favourite colour.  The fabric is a Hilco Campan Knit (97% cotton and 3% elastane) from Earthgirl Fabrics.  The red and white stripe has sold out, but there are other colourways available.

I made size 104, which is one size bigger than Miss B’s measurements.  Room for growing?

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Check out the stripe matching!

This was the first time that I’d applied neck binding on a t-shirt so the binding encloses the seam and it is stitched down on the right side (I don’t even know what this method is called!).  Although not perfect, I was happy with the result.  On previous knit necklines I’ve used Jorth’s neckline binding tutorial.

Rather than using ribbing for the binding, I made binding (read here… I burnt my fingers too many times to count!) from the t-shirt fabric.  For unknown reasons, I’m not a fan of ribbing.

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The pattern suggested I use clear elastic tape to gather the sleeves head and hems, but as I didn’t have any, I improvised and shirred these areas (I used elastic thread in the bobbin of my machine).  It worked a treat!

The gathering on my sleeve hem isn’t as noticeable as in the magazine picture.  Before bed last night we had a ‘half-way through construction try-on’ and I was worried the sleeves would be too tight.  I then purposely removed the majority of the gathering when applying the binding.  Looking at the photo below, I think I over compensated.  Something to remember for next time, and yes, there will definitely be a next time!

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Miss B is very happy with her new stripey t-shirt and Mr Blogless Anna’s commented “That looks like a shop brought t-shirt.”  High praise indeed.

And finally a word from our model, “Stop taking my photo”.

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  1. Leith / Nov 22 2012 12:59 pm

    Can I have one of those tshirts please? I love it!

  2. Sarah / Nov 22 2012 8:41 pm

    How adorable! Lucky you went a size up, do you think it’ll still fit at the end of summer?

    • Blogless Anna / Nov 22 2012 10:36 pm

      I have all my fingers and toes crossed that it will still fit at the end of summer. Miss B has already chosen fabric for two more of these!

      • Sarah / Nov 23 2012 7:31 pm

        Brilliant, nothing better than them loving what you make :)

  3. Nikki / Nov 23 2012 8:33 am

    Awwww.. gorgeous. I reckon you should just go production-line with those t-shirts (BETTER than shop-bought!).

  4. Robyn / Nov 23 2012 5:46 pm

    So cute and I love her colour choice :)

  5. Felicity from Down Under / Nov 23 2012 7:58 pm

    I think that sort of binding is called a Chanel trim. It’s a nice alternative to ribbing, isn’t it? And it does look lovely.

    • Blogless Anna / Nov 23 2012 8:13 pm

      Thanks Felicity. Chanel trim, I will try and remember that. And yes, I think it’s a fabulous alternative to ribbing :)

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