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Birdie’s stripey Mini Briar tee

Birdie's stripey Mini Briar tee

You guys i think it’s been way too long since we’ve seen Birdie here. Hasn’t she gotten so big?! I’ve been making her lots of cute things, but I’ve been terrible at getting photos of them. Probably because she’s a gorgeously messy little 2 year old, and everything she touches gets dirty immediately hehe. But on this day – clean! Run and get the camera i heard myself say… to myself. Talking to yourself isn’t weird right?

Birdie's stripey Mini Briar tee
Birdie's stripey Mini Briar tee

So, this is a stripey cotton Mini Briar i made for her and it’s having a bit of an identity crisis. Let me explain.

You see, I spent a lot of time fussing over matching the stripes on this tee – because apparently in my brain it’s very important that even a toddler have neat stripes… BUT. When it came to hemming, i got lazy and was like BLERGH no hemming for you!

Are you guys noticing a trend here?! I seem to be on a bit of a no hemming kick at the moment. I know it only takes an extra few minutes, but lately, i just cannot bring myself to do it.

Birdie's stripey Mini Briar tee

If i continue to be a lazy sewer can we still be friends?!

Meanwhile – on to real details not related to my sewing mental state – this is version 3 of the Mini Briar pattern. Birdie is 2 and I made her a size 2/3 which should still fit her for ages. For the neckline i did my favourite neckline binding method (tutorial here) but must admit that for this fabric (which i had in stash, but was originally from fabric.com), which has almost zero stretch, it was a bit of a mistake. Birdie is NOT happy when i put this tee on her, the neckline is just too tight with so little stretch. So word to the wise – choose your fabric wisely if using that binding method for a 2/3 size tee. Also pay attention to fabric stretch requirements… which ahem… i didn’t do… on my own pattern.

Seriously winning with this make aren’t I?! Also not at all related to the tee… but poor Birdie is obsessed with bubbles, but literally cannot get the coordination right yet. She insists (like a nice text book toddler) on doing it herself, which means a lot of bubble mixture being poured on the floor, while she desperately tries to blow bubbles through an empty wand. Other methods include sucking on the wand… which is equally ineffective. Love this crazy kiddo! Now deep breath and blow through that empty wand you gorgeous thing!

Birdie's stripey Mini Briar tee
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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niekemieke
5 years ago

Oh Meg! She´s gotten so big! She´s such a cutie! I recognise the lack of coordination when it comes to blowing bubbles. Luckily we have a big bottle of bubble refill on hand at all times ;) And I totally get the stripe matching/no hemming. By the time it gets down to hemming I just want to get Emily into it and see how cute she looks and stuff never makes it back into the sewing room after that!

PsychicKathleen
PsychicKathleen
5 years ago

Birdie is such a doll Megan :) Adorable pics in the bright sunshine! I love her Tee BUT I’ve used your bound neckline method on a number of projects and have learned a few things myself about it :) Be careful about the thickness of the fabric you’re using – I used it with french terry and it came out just too thick (no matter how hard I hammer pressed it), I used it with a very very stretchy ITY bathingsuit type of knit and again it came out a little too thick and was quite wonky although I wear this garment regardless because I love so many other things about it. So I would agree the knit needs to be relatively thin and very stretchy – I’m thinking a nice soft stretchy lightweight cotton/bamboo knit might be perfect.

LK
LK
5 years ago

Oh my goodness, she isn’t a baby anymore! Hemming knits is my least favorite, I’m all for cutting a couple corners on clothes for the littles.

Amanda
Amanda
5 years ago

She might like a bubble gun! They have a little blower motor. Just dip, push a button, and bubbles! They’re about $5 in the US.