What a busy, busy time it has been over the last few weeks. There is now officially a preschooler in the house, and little Cub cut 4 teeth in September, learned to crawl and has progressed on to pulling himself up on just about everything he can.

Somehow in all this chaos I also managed to get a couple of long-sleeved tees sewn for Cub. The pattern is from ‘Growing Up Sew Liberated‘ by Meg McElwee; it’s relatively quick, the directions are fabulous, and it makes sewing with knits easy even without a serger!

The brown one was made using a thrifted extra-large men’s tee. I was even able to salvage enough binding from the neck and one arm to add to the neck binding on this tee. It is size 6-12 months. The star appliqué was made using a scrap piece of quilting-weight fabric fused to some light-weight interfacing. I sewed it into place with a zig-zag stitch.

The brown ones fits well, but there isn’t much room to grow, so I thought I would make one in size 12-18 months. I thought I would save a little time by using the original edge from a thrifted women’s extra-large tee, but I forgot to adjust the pattern pieces accordingly, and so the sleeves and body of the resulting tee for Cub were longer than the pattern intended. Consequently it is still a tad too large for him, although it works with the sleeves rolled up.

With the striped one as well I was able to use the original neck binding for Cub’s tee, albeit this time with contrasting thread.

I’m really pleased with the way these 2 have turned out. I expect I’ll be making a few more of these…but next time I’d like to try using an old sweater…

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