I’m so happy to be participating in February Freebies! When I signed up, I went on a free pattern hunt right away. And I found a really cool Pinterest board! At the time of writing, there were 459 pins on that board. 459 free sewing patterns and tutorials for children. 459. How awesome is that? Go take a look. I’ll wait for you. Don’t forget to come back…
I chose to feature the Janey Jump Around Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. Why that one? I wanted a new to me designer (I’ve been following along on her blog but haven’t made any of her patterns before). I wanted something available in a range of sizes. And mostly, I wanted something that would fit right into souricette 1’s wardrobe.
Souricette 1 wears leggings almost everyday. If she isn’t wearing leggings, it’s a safe bet to say that’s because they’re all dirty. So she wears T-shirts almost everyday. And the funny thing with kids: they grow. T-shirts that fit fine last week are getting short this week. Next week, I’ll have to hand them over to souricette 2. Poor souricette 1 is in dire need of new tops. Now, I love sewing but I don’t want to sew a ton of new T-shirts every month because the souricette keeps growing. I’ve asked her to stop and she refuses. Stinker.
The next best thing? Give her growing space. Long sleeves need to be extra long and tops start out as tunics.
And that’s what I did.
Ok fine. Short sleeves because souricette 1 requested them. But with the band to give them a bit more length.
Really, all I did to change the pattern is cut it off at hip level. Then, I added a band, slightly narrower than the tunic to make it a little blousy. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Bonus: no hemming!
The hibiscus print and navy blue are both cotton/spandex jersey from Girl Charlee. The neckband was supposed to be ribbing but since the navy blue jersey has spandex, it provides enough stretch to act like ribbing. Oh! And I used some of that navy blue to make the button loops too. Just a one inch strip, folded in two (right sides together), sewn with a 1/4″ seam and turned. Then cut in the lengths I needed.
The pink is crap cotton jersey from Joann. It feels a little papery to the touch and gets holes like woah. But I was out of navy blue and that one coordinated.
Eh,the pink actually works! Makes it less obvious that souricette 1 is actually wearing black leggings in the picture…
Hmm, I can see she needs more of those too…