I was invited by Create Kids Couture to sew up one of their patterns for one of my kids. But the pattern I chose was so quick, easy and versatile, I ended up sewing three very different tops for three very different kids from just one Create Kids Couture pattern.
Create Kids Couture offers tons of patterns for children, as well as a growing collection for tweens and women. I’d say their specialty is in boutique-style clothing for girls. But their patterns are solid, the design lines interesting, and the possibilities for creating looks in any style a real possibility. So, while they do offer a few boy patterns, I wanted to take one of their girl patterns and do a little something more with it. The pattern I chose was the Melinda’s Ruffled T-Shirt pattern. I loved the bib and the multiple design options included in the pattern. Don’t let the name fool you, Melinda is just as tough as she is pretty. To prove it, I sewed up three versions of the Melinda T: one for my daughter, and two for my sons!
Believe it or not, I stuck completely to pattern on this one. Not one thing was changed from the original pattern. There are options in the Melinda pattern for a sleeveless tank, and all I did was make it up in an athletic mesh for my five year old son.
The mesh is a bit less stretchy than regular knit, and next time I’ll adjust for that in the arm and neck bindings. My son has a hard time getting it off on his own because the fabric just doesn’t give like the recommended knit would. But he loves it just the same. Seriously. This kid is all about the muscle tanks lately. As soon as I finished with this, he put it on, wore it all day, slept in it, and then wore it to football practice the next day. He’s worn it a few times since, and I only made it last week. Just don’t tell him it’s called Melinda.
Since I actually have a girl child now, I sewed up the Melinda for this little sassafras, too.
I love the bib option in the original pattern. Such a great way to showcase a fun print you’ve been hoarding. In my case, it’s Baby Nay Dotty Elephants print that I’ve had for about five years now. I only had a small scrap left, but it was just enough for the sleeves and bib. Rather than four buttons, I centered two small down the bib. I also skipped the recommended piping around the bib. Using all knits, I didn’t have to worry at all about fraying, so I just used a blanket stitch to appliqué the bib in place.
Ivy is still very small, wearing a 12 month in RTW. This pattern ranges from 2T-7/8, so I had to grade the smallest size down for her. I used the short-sleeve options included in the Melinda pattern, then added my own cuffs to the sleeves. The turned and topstitched neckline is also an option in the original pattern. I adore-ADORE-how Ivy’s Melinda turned out. Definitely have a few more on her future wardrobe list. She’s pretty excited about that.
Finally, I made a long-sleeved Melinda for the seven-year old boy. And he kinda rocks it.
There are three sleeve lengths included in the pattern. So after making the tank and short-sleeve, it seemed right to try out the long-sleeve option, too. Again, this top was made very-nearly completely on pattern. I added cuffs to the sleeves, a chest pocket, and a little something-something to the tops of the sleeves. I messed up a bit on the neck of this one. I was using very thin jersey for the main body, and didn’t stay-stitch the neck. So it stretched out before I was able to put the binding in and resulted in kind of a big ol’ head hole. Lesson: always stay-stitch knit necklines!
Oh, well. Easier to put on, I guess.
The only on-pattern option I hadn’t really used yet were the ruffle sleeves. I didn’t think Seth would be super excited about a ruffle-sleeve top, though.
I think the look is super cool and I’m going to quickly show you how I did it!
(please note: my sleeve pattern piece looks funky because I cut the short-sleeve size 2 out for my daughter’s tee)
For reference, this is what the sleeves looked like both after sewing and prior to sewing the pieces together:
Lay the first piece on the second piece, right sides together. Line up the lower straight edge of the first with the upper straight edge of the second. Sew that straight edge from edge to inside corner. Lower your needle, raise the foot, and pivot your fabric so…
You now have the other straight edges lined up. Now sew from inside corner to outer edge.
It will look like this on the right side.
Press well and top stitch.
So, the Melinda T-Shirt Pattern by Create Kids Couture: a lot more than just a girl’s boutique pattern. Just change up the included options, add a few of your own, spice things up with fabric choices, and the possibilities are really endless!
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Melinda Ruffled T by Create Kids Couture Fabric for tank: Athletic mesh from Jo-Ann Stores
Fabric for short sleeve: Grey knit from SAS Fabrics in LA, Baby Nay Dotty Elephants from my stash
Fabric for long sleeve: Stripe knit from Girl Charlee, rib knits from Jo-Ann Stores This post is sponsored by Create Kids Couture.