The Skinny

Do you know the best thing about having the serger, other than say perhaps actually making things with it, finding sewing/craft blogs that teach me new things.  Especially things about sewing with knits.  I am no longer afraid of Serge, or knit fabric, and I spend a silly amount of my day wishing I was sewing/crafting. It is so nice to have a purpose outside of my job, or being a mom.  Especially when that purpose creates real and usable things.

I don’t think I would have found any of them without Pinterest either.  I am concerned about the thievery/content ownership issues, so I am bit torn about it all.  If I want to repin something, I usually click on it and make sure it links back to the original owner.  I’ve also started unfollowing people who copy the entire contents of a post into the comments.  I’ve managed to collect a nice bunch of knit resources, and the best part is because they are linked with pictures, it is easy to remember what they are.

So far my favorite blog by far is Made by Rae.  Not only has she written some really awesome patterns herself, but she also has exposed me (and I am sure a bunch of other people) to other people who sew with knits with her Kniterviews.  I have learned SO much.  I tried to repay this thanks in the best way I know, by purchasing one of her patterns.


I had heard this rumor that one of the fun parts of having a serger was whipping up tees for your kids at a moments notice, but so far I hadn’t seen any patterns that I liked.  The fun thing about tees it that they are a great base for dresses, so I’ve been on the hunt for a nice easy pattern I could use for the girls, that would also lend itself nicely to the base for dresses.   I like Penny from Patty Young, but it isn’t quite right.   The Skinny Tee from Rae however, is perfect.  I whipped up one for H last night in an hour or so.  That included accidentally attaching one cuff backwards and having to cut off the cuffs and go with longer ones.   There are things I would like to get better at.  I used a different method for the neck than she suggests because I’m more comfortable with it. I would like to try some of her other options for that as well.  However, the speed, the ease, I only wish it came in sizes about a 4T, because it will only work for H.  For M I am still on the hunt.

Here it is today on H.  When I like something I want the girls to wear it the very next day.

I just couldn’t get the colors to look right, but it is a Patty Young stripe.  It is super soft, nice and thick, and should last a good long time.  Next time I make it I’ll lengthen the body a little to accommodate my tall girl.  The sleeves are a bit long, but with a longer body that just means it will grow with her.   Before you know it I’ll need to make short sleeve versions as well, since spring is coming and she just keeps growing.


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  1. Posted February 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Looks great!

    If you ever need to try some boy clothes let me know :)

  2. kristen
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Very cute! I’d also volunteer my child to try out some boy patterns. :) I had to get some 2T shirts for L this weekend since he’s busting out of 18 mo, but Target had few long sleeve shirts to choose from – summer clothes are out already!

  3. Posted February 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    geez you know I think you just made my day! thanks for writing such supernice things, both about my blog and my patterns. LOVE that little skinny tee on your cutiepie! :)
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