I have to admit it. I am the gazillionth seamstress in blogland who has completely fallen in love with Made by Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee-pattern. It is by far the clearest, easiest pattern I have ever encountered. The pictures and instructions leave you with none of those annoying head-scratching whaddaya mean exactly-moments. And, even better, the pattern is so simple you can at least one – without hurrying – during the timespan of one 21 month old boy’s naptime. YES.
There is only one thing I changed when following the instructions. I didn’t pin every freaking inch of fabric. For most seamstresses out there pinning seems some kind of gateway to heaven. For me, it makes life harder. I must be the worst pinner on this planet. It takes me forever to pin. And then it takes me forever more to sew the pinned part. I don’t have forever. I have two hours max. Naptime, remember?
So I adjust the fabric as I sew. Quick and easy. I kid you not. The only part of this particular pattern where I use a total of 4 pins, is the collar. That to me is the only step where pinning actually helps you be quicker and more accurate. Yes, you read this correctly, I do not even pin sleeves. Tried it. Cursed. A lot. And then tossed all the pins.
So far I have sewn three skinny tees.
I used an old shirt from my husband. The only problem I encountered was that the knit fabric was not very stretchy. Easy sewing, but even a 3T on my 21 month old turned out pretty tight. Giant kid and all.
Oh, I also didn’t bother to see if there were any instructions for short sleeves. Thus, I am still puzzling out the length for the sleeves and the cuffs. Sometimes my mind works in mysterious ways.
As you can see, still working on the sleeve and cuff length. Seriously, I’m sure Rae figured it out for me and put it in the pattern. Oh well. This is a pj top. Jason loves the fire truck fabric. I don’t. But since it’s cheap (Joanns) and only for pj’s, I humor the kid. He calls them his “tuuta-t-shirt” and “tuuta pants”. I sewed the pants months ago and they still fit. But I had to make a new top, since he outgrew the first one.
(And yes, I took this photo in the garage. This is the place where Jason spends most of his time, being obsessed about dad’s bike and all.)
I am in love with this tee. I got the idea from Kristin at skirtastop. She has a handy tutorial too of how to transform the pattern to a sleeveless t-shirt. I know I will be making a ton more of these.
And the good news? No sleeves! So you can make them even faster since you are skipping a step. I was so giddy yesterday after making this tee, my husband had to roll his eyes. And Jason liked it too. That’s always the most important thing.