Evidently it was “panty week” at my house last week. I needed some new panties, and used that as an excuse to pare down the knit fabric scrap bins. I used my larger pieces to make panties for myself, and the smaller ones to make them for my daughter’s American Girl doll. I am soo in love with brightly colored foldover elastic!!!
Here are the panties for the American Girl doll. The pattern is just a single piece of fabric. I sew the elastic around the legholes and then stitch the panties together at the sides and finish off the top with unfolded elastic. Easy, peasy.
I just realized that photos of my undies are now out on the internet. I’m sure this will come back to haunt me one day.
Another project from my studio last week was this top for my daughter. It was inspired by this t-shirt from Tea Collection. Theirs is a cute shirt, but $30 for a girl’s t-shirt is waaaay out of my budget. I made mine for just $1 in materials.
There are some significant differences between the two shirts. My fabric was really lightweight and drapey, while theirs seems to have more body. And on theirs, the shoulder seams are attached with buttons in three places, but I decided to just tack them together at the neck and armhole and let the shoulders stay open. Little girl LOVES the peek-a-boo shoulders!
The fabric I used what just some random knit I got on discount from the chain store. I had planned to use it just to test and refine the pattern, but it turned out that my first attempt was good enough to wear. I used freezer paper stencil and bleach to create the flower design. At first I was going to do a more details flower silhouette, but my daughter caught wind of my plans and asked if she could draw the flower for her shirt. How could I say no?
On the happy side, I did get a few square feet cleared out. Not enough to justify an “after” photo, but enough to make it where I could at least walk into the room and use the cutting table. (Which I did, and in the process made more mess…)
I was thinking that I might write up a tutorial for the shirt I made for my girl. Would that be something you’d want to see?
By Anne Weaver