Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Woven Tee for Kids Tutorial

Last week when I sewed my first Woven Tee, I started to take a few pictures of the process.  But since I didn't know how it was going to turn out (and I wanted to hurry up and finish the tee!) I quit with the picture taking.  I knew if the Woven Tee fit, I'd be sewing another.  Here's the "other"...




What will you need?

-A loose fitting basic knit top pattern (I used the Not-so-plain Tee from Sewing Modkid Style by Patty Young)

-fabric for the main tee and for the bias facings
I used a cotton/lycra poplin for the star tee but this one is made out of a light weight quilting cotton from Joann Fabrics.

(and of course, all the typical sewing paraphernalia)


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To start, cut out a front, back, and sleeves from the main fabric.  You'll also cut 1 inch wide bias strips for the bias facings from your contrast fabric (not pictured).


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The main issue you run in to using a woven for a knit pattern is that the neckline will not be stretchy.  So, you need to make sure the opening is large enough to fit over your child's head.  I marked 1/2" down from the neckline on both the front and back and trimmed.

At this point, I basted the shoulder seams together and had girl #3 try it on to make sure I had trimmed enough from the neckline.

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I decided after BK tried the top on that the neckline could be a little wider (she has a big head!) so I trimmed a little more off.

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After I was happy with the neckline, I basted one sleeve on and the underarm/side seam so BK could try the tee on again.  I wanted to ensure that the top would fit comfortably.


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And it did! 

Now to do the high/low hem, I free hand drew the approximate shape I wanted making sure that the tee's side seams would meet up. (I did have a picture of this but I can't find it!) Here's what the front and back looked like after I cut along my line...


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Front
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 Back

There's an approximate 2 inch difference between the middle front and the middle back.  As seen here:

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As far as sewing steps went, I sewed the shoulder seams first and then finished the neckline with the 1 inch bias.
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Step 1:  I folded and pressed my 1 inch strip in half, opened the strip, folded one of the long edges to the line in the middle, and pressed again.
Step 2:  Pin the unfolded bias edge, right sides together, to the neckline edge.  At center back, make a note of where the bias needs to be joined and stitch it together. (I moved the tee out of the way after taking the picture so I wouldn't catch my main fabric.)
Step 3:  Trim and press open the seam you've just sewn open.
You'll sew the bias to the tee using a 1/4" seam. 
For the other steps I followed Jen's tutorial for applying a bias facing.  The only thing I did different is that I have my seam allowance turned under already.
Once the neckline is done, it's time to sew the sleeves in.  I chose to sew my sleeves in the flat (as opposed to setting the sleeves in).  I was able to ease mine in with no problems but you might need to sew a couple of rows of basting stitches to help ease the sleeves.

After the sleeves are in, sew the underarms and the side seams.  Then it's time to apply the bias facings to the sleeve edges and the hem following the same steps you did on the neckline. And you're finished!




BK really likes this style of shirt.  After pictures she insisted on keeping the Woven Tee on as we headed to the middle school track meet to watch girl #1 run.

Some quick notes:


-for the cotton/lycra poplin tee I used a size 6, that is where BK's measurements fall closest to except for height

-this version I traced off the size 7 with the length of the 10 to give BK a bit more room since the quilting cotton has no stretch

-you need to be careful when choosing a pattern...sizing up from a very slim fitting tee isn't going to work (at least not as good)  You want the tee to fit well through the upper back and shoulders.

-I did french seams through out to give the inside a nice finish (the overall seam allowance was 1/2")


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I have some ideas for the next one (two, three, four...) I sew.  Wouldn't the tee be cute with the bias facing on the outside like the Pinwheel Tunic from Oliver + S?  Or what about adding a little pocket to the front?  One could keep the hem straight or add a ruffle or even a flounce...the possibilities are endless!

  



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32 comments:

  1. I like the contrast in bias on both the tops a lot, I'll have to pin this for down the road!

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    1. Thanks! It's a fun way to add a little interest.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, Cindy!!! I'm thinking I could add a skirt to the bottom and use for Dress A Girl, as their dresses have to be made without buttons and zips.

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  3. So cute, Cindy! Thanks for taking the time to write a tutorial!

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  4. I had no idea you could make a tshirt from a woven! Wow! I'm heading over to check the bias tape facing tut you mentioned. I have never had luck with them!

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    1. Amy, I was never much for sewing rules and I'm willing to experiment to see if something will work.;) Thanks!

      Cindy

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  5. I think a little faux tab with tiny buttons would be sweet too.
    Clever you!

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    1. A la the Family Reunion tunic/dress? That would be cute!

      C

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  6. Ack, I love it! Thanks so much for doing this, my pestering paid off in spades :)

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  7. Looks fabulous! Thanks for the step-by-step photos - and I love hearing about your ideas and inspiration.

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  8. It looks great and I would love to try. I don't have any knit patterns yet. But maybe I will get the one you mentioned.

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  9. Love the bright colors on that fabric! And the pop of orange peeking out from the sleeves. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! BK loves the bright colors....fits her over the top personality well!

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  10. Great finishing details. Oh, and I love the hemline.

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  11. thanks for sharing. i laughed about you giving up on the pictures the first time around . .isn't that just how it is sometimes! fun shirt . .cute model!

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  12. Thanks for the tutorial, I will be keeping this for future reference as I would be much more comfortable sewing a woven t than a knit t...

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    1. No problem, I was happy to share it!:)

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  13. It looks really great. I will pin this to use later. I have so many gorgeous prints of woven fabric, but If I made a tee big enough for my 2-years-old's head, it would be too big for her body ;) I guess I need to wait for her body to grow a bit. :-D

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    1. Thank you! Ah, yes...when they are toddlers their heads are often disproportionately larger than their bodies. Maybe making a keyhole opening in the back would work? Hmmm...I'll have to give that a try and if it works post how to do it.:)

      Cindy

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  14. I love this. you did a great job converting the pattern from Knit to woven and it looks gorgeous on BK. I also love your binding. Did you have any trouble getting the neck binding to lie flat? I tend to over stretch mine when applying it. Can't wait to see more versions!

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    1. Oops! Just clicked on Jen' link that you gave - looks like she has my answer!!!

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    2. Thanks, Angela! Yep, Jen explains what to do quite nicely.:)

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  15. Very late to commenting here, but this is so cute, Cindy!

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  16. Both of your woven tees are very cute. I especially like the hi-lo hem - generally they don't appeal to me, but I guess I really like the subtle version you've made. This seems like a good way to use up those 1 yard pieces of quilting cotton I have. Why did I buy those again?

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    1. Thanks, Joy! The 2 I made have proven to be popular with the little girls. And yes, they are a perfect way to use up those 1 yard pieces.;)

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