DS #2 got his summer pj's today. I acquired both quilting cottons for the shorts locally. DS picked out the soccer one and I loved the fish one. I bought a packet of 6 large men's T-shirts from Costco to pilfer the white cotton knit for these smaller T-shirts. I can get 4 smaller shirts, that are on grain, out of the packet and each one comes to $4.00. I like the weight and quality of the cotton, and I only feel a little guilty cutting up perfectly good T-shirts to repurpose. I'm not sure if this is more economical than buying a high quality cotton knit fabric, but I think it is close, since I would have to buy it online and possibly pay shipping. I had the white ribbing in my stash for the neckband. I used Kwik Sew 3234 for the T-shirt and Kwik Sew 3042 for the shorts. Both are a size medium (7-8). Kwik Sew has very easy instructions and great basic designs for kids.
I altered the shorts by taking one inch off the top of the front and back pieces. Otherwise, I find the crotch too low. I used one inch wide elastic for the waist rather than 1.5", which is what the pattern calls for. On the T-shirt I cut 2 inches off the hem, because I found it to be too long. I do hope DS #2 doesn't sprout up too fast this summer, because right now it's a perfect fit. I did all my hems and neckband topstitching with my coverstitch machine. I made the star and rectangle applique by using a template in Microsoft Paint. I fused the appliques to the T-shirt before I did the satin stitch around the edge. This helps stabilize it while stitching. DS loves them both, but only wanted to model one pair. I can go with that.
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!