June is Made for Kids month in which we encourage our kids to wear and enjoy their handmade items! I have such fond memories of my mom sewing for me and my brothers. I loved getting to choose fabrics for dresses, nightgowns, fantastically printed corduroy pants, and lots of knit tees. This eventually led to my mom teaching me to sew. My mom recently handed down a stash of vintage patterns to me and going through them was like looking at my childhood wardrobe. In addition to the patterns, she gave me all of her leftover knits and ribbing from that time! Apparently, the fabric hoarding roots run deep! I couldn’t resist making one of the tees that made up a lot of my play wear during the late 70s and early 80s. If you were a child during that era, you probably had this shirt in some form.
I made this short sleeved ringer tee version for my son and he loves it. He has some room to grow in it and the fabric is incredibly soft which made it an instant favorite. He even wanted to sleep in the shirt which, of course, makes this sewing mama smile. There will definitely be more where this came from as it is a great basic.
This pattern is Kwik Sew 306 which also has a long sleeve option and includes instructions for using a serger or straight stitch machines. A quick search on the internet found quite a few sources with this pattern available. There is a lot of very helpful information out there in the sewing world right now about sewing with knits if you haven’t tackled it yet. I feel like the best piece of advice I can give you to ensure success is not about needle type, but to simply slow down during your sewing. Just because your machine has a race car speed doesn’t mean you should use it! Slowing down the speed in which the fabric is fed through the machine helps me refrain from stretching the fabric too much which is often the culprit of wavy knit hems or necklines. I also increase my stitch length slightly when topstitching the neckline and hemming the bottom of the shirt.
I hope you will take part in Made for Kids month! Share your photos on Instagram, Twitter, the Made for Kids Flickr group, and/or your blog and use the hashtag #madeforkidsmonth so we can find all of your kiddo projects! Let us know in the comments what your favorite kiddo projects are and be sure to share them with us. You might just inspire my next project!
Until then, sew something lovely, makers!