Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sewing for Christmas

What do I give a daughter who loves The Lord of the Rings and a son who is obsessed with Pokemon? Both are young adults so toys and games are out of the question. I thought nothing can beat their own one of a kind shirt featuring what they like most. 

The Fabric
Middle Earth Map for her

Anatomy Lessons in Pokemon panel fabric for him

                         Both of the above fabrics were purchased from
Each was a 42" width polyester/spandex blend with four-way stretch which the site referred to as "modern jersey." The fabric had a very nice cottony feel and the print was great. The only drawback was the price but for a special project, that was not a deal breaker. I used a black rayon jersey from my stash as a contrast to the printed fabrics.

                                                                       The Pattern

Jalie 3352 for her, Jalie 2918 for him
Jalie 3352 is a pattern for a dolman top with options for color-blocking. I opted for the 3/4 sleeve version and bound neckline. I found the pattern true to size based on chest measurements. This is a modern top with curved longer hemline on the back.

Jalie 2918 is a men's/boy's T-shirt pattern and is also true to size based on the chest measurement. I sewed the short sleeve round neckline version. 

For both patterns, I used the same techniques:
1) A stay tape to stabilize shoulder seams
2) Cover stitch to finish the hemlines

The background color on the printed fabric coordinated beautifully with the solid black fabric.

The look on their faces when they opened their gifts was priceless!