Friday, October 25, 2013

pattern review friday - imagine gnats tumble tee

I can't believe I almost didn't buy the SewFab bundle!  I have a feeling I'm going to work my way through the patterns one at a time until I have tried every single one :)  I already made the Bimaa Sweater here and the Sally Dress here, and today I am on to the Tumble Tee by Imagine Gnats.

But first, a little back story.  Mae has a little kitty named Buppy.  It originally belonged to one of the other kids, but she has claimed it as her own, and there is no reclaiming when it comes to two year olds, so I believe Buppy officially belongs to Mae now :)  She loves her kitty so much that she sleeps with it, carries it around for most of the day, and would gladly take it everywhere we go if I let her ... pretty much like any other two year old and his or her lovey.  At least I assume this is normal since not one of my other kids really had a lovey.  I amazed that after six kids I can still encounter something totally new to me!  Anyway, I would like to introduce you to Buppy now since I believe he will be featured in many upcoming posts!

I have had this kitty print for a few years, but never really had a project for it ... until now!  A Tumble Tee full of kitties is perfect for my Buppy-loving Mae :)

Overall, I really like the fit of this pattern.  It's a bit loose, but fits like most 2T shirts, and I'm confident it will fit perfectly once Mae grows a little.  And, if I hadn't chosen to make the changes I did, it would have been a really quick sew too.  But as usual, I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I did modify a couple of things :)  I made the neckline a little wider, although it ended up just a bit wider than I intended.  I think next time I will widen the sides but not lower the front a back at all making it more of a boatneck.  I also extended the sleeves on the pattern to make a faux cuff and then added the free long sleeve pattern from Imagine Gnats found here to create a layered look.  The final change was to add binding to the bottom and neckline mainly because I don't like hemming knits :)

I'm always amazed at the personality that emerges around the age of two ... you would think by the sixth kid I would be used to it, but I'm not :)  Mae has turned into quite the ham lately.  The other day, my mom taught her how to wiggle her butt to the song "Shake your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band.  So today, after I finished putting her hair in a pony, she stood on the bathroom counter and shook her little booty for a solid ten minutes.  And the whole time, she pointed at the mirror and yelled baby while watching her hair flip back and forth.  It was one of those moments where you wish you had a video camera, but unfortunately I don't keep one in my bathroom for those impromptu booty shaking sessions :)  I did manage to capture a bit of the action while taking pictures later, but it's just not quite the same.

This was the last picture of the day for obvious reasons.  I asked her if she would stand on the stool, and got this look in response.  And I gotta tell you, it was accompanied by a really loud and long (and quite obnoxious!) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Shirt - Cotton interlock from Joann's
Sleeves - Upcycled from Old Navy tee
Pants - Previously featured in this post


  1. I bought the Sew Fab Bundle and haven't made up anything yet. You've reminded me to look through the patterns. I really like the fabric you've chosen for this tee and it looks fabulous with the added sleeves!!!

    1. You should really try some of the patterns. There are some great basics that can be customized so easily!

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    1. Thanks! And I agree that two is a fun age, tantrums and all :)