The price of knit fabric has gone up in my area and the design of many kid knit patterns leans towards the dorky and ill-fitting. (I love you pattern companies – but sorry, it’s true.) Additionally, children’s patterns are often so oversized that they are unwearable and the contours are not updated to current fashion. The end product, though well-sewn, can look a little “off” and the kid just won’t wear the garments. The “off”-ness also screams home-sewn, but not in a good way.
But having some basic knit patterns for kids can be essential. Kids sleepwear can be as expensive as daywear and I sometimes want to quickly create an easy top or bottom for playtime or to accessorize a more intricate garment.
That means I need to spend some time customizing some kid knit patterns. I have chosen these to work with.
And I am getting the fabric for free.
From here – the great motherload of free fabric.
Summer is such a short season but my family sure runs through the summer clothes. Between the summer gardening and the summer sweating we manage to grime up quite a bit of our wardrobe each season. A recent purge of my husband and my closet resulted in the above basket of cast-offs.
I could have thrown them away or made more cleaning cloths, but this year I decided to consider this a source of free material to create practice muslins and summer jim-jams. With the new baby getting any sewing time has been so hard, but I am hoping that these small projects can be managed. And if I ruin it, who cares, it was a cast-off tee.
I am looking forward to getting started!