The Christmas decorations are all put away and the New Year’s resolutions have been made. It is time to knuckle down into the depths of winter. At least here in the midwest US. Temps are in the sub-zero range (fahrenheit) and what better time to sit down at the sewing machine. Last year for Valentine’s Day I made M a dress that she wore until it was too small to pull over her head. Read more about that HERE. Since I still had a large chunk of red micro fleece I thought I would try again to find something she really enjoyed wearing.
M loves soft knit clothing and cats. What a perfect combination. The cat pattern I found on a site with free embroidery patterns. I am still experimenting with embroidery and am happy when I can find something I like that is free. We use the Stitchwerx Lane Raglan Tee all the time. It fits the kids perfectly and comes with three sleeve lengths and a tee length or tunic length. We have been making it up for the kids ever since Rachel tested this pattern. So it was my go to for this little tunic top.
I did this a little differently. The red is micro fleece from my stash and because I did not have any rib to match I used the same fabric for the neckband. Even cutting the band at 80% of the neckline it is still a bit stretched. This is not the best method, but works in a pinch. A little steam helps somewhat. I knew I wanted a 2 inch ruffle on the bottom, so I cut a length of contrast fabric 1 1/2 times the total width of the shirt and 3 inches wide. This allows for enough gathering and a 1/2 inch seam and a 1/2 inch hem. Sewing the short ends together I then had a circular band. I serged both long sides, which allowed me to turn one side under 1/2 for a hem and gather and attach the other long side to the shirt. The hearts may look familiar, as they are also from my stash and what I used a year ago for an appliqué.
The cat is quite cute, although I was slightly unhappy with the total finished look. There are a couple of areas that did not fill completely and the outline is not quite in the right place in some areas. It was free, so the price was right. I had excellent results with the Christmas patterns I downloaded so I will probably continue to download free patterns when I can find what I like. I did learn that the micro fleece was pretty stretchy, and if you are going to embroider on this fabric, I suggest using 2 layers of stabilizer.
Ms M wears leggings every day so this little tunic with its long sleeves and soft micro fleece will be perfect for every day wear all winter. I hope she likes it enough to wear to school for the Valentines Day party.
Do you embellish clothing for fun things like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day? I think it is kind of fun. O is still wearing his Pilgrim Hat shirt that I made the kids at Thanksgiving.
Happy sewing, Donna
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