Mother’s love is… flat felled seams.

Mother’s Day (here in Canada at least) came and went. I got treated to some lobster for dinner on Saturday, lovely roses, and Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Supposedly I collect dolls now, since Christmas I got 2 Barbies and 1 Ariel. I love them all dearly, but I think we should draw the line at 3. Oh, and I also got an awful cold, so I spent Mother’s Day gulping gallons of ginger tea and sweating truly ungodly sweat. Fortunately boys went to spend some time with my mother-in-law, so I was home alone with all this ungodly stinky sweat. There was no way I was going to sew for myself, as I would have stunk up whatever I was making by trying it on, so I’ve decided to make a shirt for my baby. The “baby” will be 4 years old in July, is a size of a 6-year old, outgrew all of his “fancy” and non-fancy clothes, so I thought I’d make him something nice for his picture day at school on Tuesday.

The front
The back

I used Simplicity 5581 pattern (yes, one of these days I will make matching shirts for both Dad and “baby”, I have 10 meters of totally crazy-ass fabric earmarked especially for that project), and I had 1 meter of this really cool, vintage tractor themed crafting cotton. As I wanted this shirt to be super special and very comfy for my offspring, I’ve decided to make all the seams flat felled. So I did. I really enjoyed taking the time to do this right and tidy, this shirt has the best looking guts of any of my me-mades! A small disaster almost occurred as I was making the last buttonhole, but fortunately I got it fixed.

Inside out. Not hanging straight here, so the hem seems uneven. In reality is it VERY even. I’ve never made such an even hem before…

The pattern was easy and straight forward, although the collar directions were a bit hairy. I also don’t quite understand why the facing is the shape it is (the part that should be tacked on to the shoulder seam does not reach anywhere near the shoulder), I will modify it next time I make it. I made this facing in white cotton, because the print would slightly show through on the other side and “muddy up” the whites. Some more sewing porn? Here you go!

My mostly straight stitches on the sleeve. Can you see how flat my felled seam is?
Armpit area detail, inside of the shirt. See, no seams, none at all. I’m so proud of myself!

Of course, I wanted my sweet baby to model the shirt for the blog. No way Jose… These are the best of the bunch:




And my personal favourite:


Next time, I will just post a video of the beast running around all over the place in some of his clothes. But tomorrow, he is wearing this shirt to school, to get his pictures taken. This one is on you buddy, mommy wins!


4 thoughts on “Mother’s love is… flat felled seams.

  1. Well that has to be the best feedback on a project. It sure looks like he loves the shirt.

    The couple of times I made clothing for my friends children, I took special care on the seams too. I guess because it’s so small and fit isn’t so much of an issue it feels like the extra time is warrented somewhere. I also thought it would launder better with strong seams.

  2. Hee! That shirt is so cute! Love the fabric and your “model” is quite the action hero!!

    Can you recommend an easy and good boy’s shirt pattern? My nephew will be 4 in January, and I want to make him a shirt out of a flannel truck printed fabric I have.

    • Thanks Catja! I would recommend this pattern (again, Simplicity 5581), it was easy and fuss-free. I only got tripped up by the collar situation because I’ve done a collar once before, and it was on a pirate shirt! This was the first proper shirt ever that I’ve done, before I only made him t shirts and pants. Sewing for boys is fun too! Good luck with sewing for nephew, hope you blog about it!

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