Today I'm part of the Tumble Tee Blog Tour - this pattern was designed by Rachael of Imagine Gnats, and is available for purchase and instant download here.
I bought the largest ones they had on the rack so I could maximise the amount of fabric. I cut the inside seams and removed the sleeves so I could seperate the front and back of the t-shirts, then I cut the front piece from the My Little Pony tee, and the back piece from the purple tee. (The rest of the purple tee was used for the trim on my Prefontaine Shorts.) I cheated by preserving the factory hems to make it an even quicker sew!
I could have cut both pieces from the black pony tee but I didn't for two reasons. First, Rachael designed this pattern as a colour blocked tee. The pattern is meant to have two different panels in the front, however I just created one because I was preserving the pony motif. To stay true to her design I went ahead with colour blocking between the back and front. Secondly, I felt that having an all black tee was a bit too much for Anna - she is a colour loving kid and rarely wears such dark colours.
I love the cap style sleeves - no separate pieces to cut and sew and perfect because Anna's kindergarten doesn't allow the children to wear sleeveless garments (sun smart policy). I'm really conscious about making sure anything I sew for her has sleeves.
This photo shoot would not be complete without...you guessed it. My Little Ponies. It's cool that she likes them so much - they were one of my favourite toys when I was little too.
This kid. So much attitude.
If you are a beginner, new to sewing with knits or are a keen upcycler, this pattern is a must have. I've made a dress version, but the pattern also has a regular t-shirt view, so it can be sewn up for boys and girls.
Rachael is very generously giving a copy of her Tumble Tee pattern to one of my readers - please leave a comment and I'll choose my favourite! Give me your best advice for sewing with knits and your favourite places to buy knit fabrics.
You can check out all the other fabulous versions of the Tumble Tee during the tour - make sure you pop over and visit Susan from Living With Punks who is also sharing her version today!
8.5 Sew Sweetness & The Crafty Kitty
8.6 One Girl Circus & luvinthemommyhood
8.7 Sew Delicious & Living with Punks
8.8 girl like the sea & Suburbia Soup
8.9 Buzzmills & Miss Matatabi
8.12 Alida Makes & Max California
8.13 Crafterhours & Kitschy Coo
8.14 La Inglesita & sew chibi
8.15 EmmylouBeeDoo & LBG Studio
8.16 Petit a Petit and Family & girl. Inspired