It’s my wallet’s favorite day of the week- Thrifty Thursday!
Knit shirts make up a huge portion of my girls’ wardrobe so I’m always looking for a pattern that’s a little different and I rarely say no to anything that’s free.
For this week's Thrifty Thursday, I sewed up the Kite Tee from Shwin Designs. This is a great FREE pattern available in the files of the Shwin Designs Facebook group. The size range is from 12-18 months all the way up to kids’ 18, making it perfect for littles up to teens. For reference, our version is a straight size 12. This shirt has a loose swing style which will nicely check off the “twirl” square on my #ALDBingo board. The pattern includes a high-low hem and the option of short or long sleeves.
This Kite Tee is made from Amelia Lane Designs’ two-tone mint double-brushed poly (DBP). Being DBP, it is of course very soft with a great drape, perfect for a swing style, and yet stable enough to use for neckbands. I chose to use the “wrong” side, which emphasizes the space dye coloring. Using all the same fabric that was nondirectional made this a super quick cut and sew. And, just putting this out there, the mint complements the pink houndstooth techno scuba also available in the shop.
You may notice that I added a little something extra to our Kite Tee. One of my favorite things about Shwin Designs is the online tutorials she provides. There are instructions on how to make a dress, 3-D ballerina tee, or unicorn tassel tee all from this FREE pattern.
I simply followed the instructions found here with a couple minor changes. To save time, we bought a pre-made unicorn iron-on transfer instead of printing it. Also I could not find my embroidery floss for the tassels so ours are made out of regular sewing thread. Because thread is finer than floss, it took a few more times wrapping around the card, but I love the lighter look.
Not sewing for kids and still need an excuse... err... reason to buy some mint DBP? Double brushed poly is one of the most versatile fabrics available. It's suitable for all types of shirts and adds great drape to dresses. We use it for leggings and joggers and the softness definitely makes it a favorite for pajamas. Plus, as I mentioned, it has enough recovery that it's a great substitute for cotton lycra in neckbands, cuffs, and bands on shirts.