Whale skinny tee

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Here’s what I made with my new whale knit from Spoonflower, a little skinny tee for Clementine:

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There’s something really fun about a skinny tee — it’s retro and hip and can be varied in so many ways. This particular tee is one in a series of skinny tees I’ve made for my kids over the last couple of weeks to test the pattern, which I plan to release in the very near future (so stay tuned for that, YAY!). It’s become a bit of an obsession as I’ve made no less than eight (!) versions in an effort to get the fit just right. It’s been great practice for trying out some new knit techniques too!

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The green pants are also a recent finish. I actually made a pair for both kids (I’ll show you Elliot’s some other time) and it is pretty hilarious when they wear them at the same time. The pattern came from the lovely Deborah of Whipstitch’s Sewing for Kids eCourse last spring (ooh, just looked and she’s offering it again this year!!). She calls it “The Perfect Pant” and if my children’s preferences are any indication, the fact that they both wear their green pants nearly every day means they agree. Seriously, Elliot pulled his green pants out again this morning for the THIRD DAY IN A ROW and I was like, DUDE, can we wear a different pair of pants today, PLEASE? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bright green pants, but let’s mix it up a little bit here, child.

For some reason they always look radioactive when I photograph them by themselves:

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Elliot used to be the one who put up a fight when he got dressed in the morning, and Clementine was so easy, she would just put anything on without argument. Now that she’s dressing herself and Elliot’s mellowed out (a little) with age, the roles have totally reversed: Clementine’s suddenly got a serious opinion about everything in her closet, and Elliot is like, “whatever, sure.” I need to start remembering some of the tricks I used with Elliot for Clementine though, because otherwise some of her clothes are never going to see the light of day. I can’t even remember what her objection to this whale tee was now, but it took a bit of coaxing to get it on her, little stinker.

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21 thoughts on “Whale skinny tee

  1. love the shirt (and the pants!) i seem to recall getting over my knits fear over the summer but i haven’t touched any in a while and i think it’s creeping back. ;)

  2. That skinny tee is so cute! As soon as I saw the mention of it, I wanted to see what pattern you used. Glad that you will release it soon– if you need a pattern tester, you know I’m game (and I’ve worked with knits before)! :)

  3. Love the T! Thanks for your knit series. I also love the green pants though. I’m curious though as to what fabric you used for them. They look awesome!

  4. Clem is killing me with that hair–I seriously cannot believe how big she’s gotten. Seems like just the other day you brought her home!! Curses, children, for growing up so fast!!

    Also: I had a suspicious number of questions today about the e-course, and now I know why. :)

  5. I have a Kwik Sew pattern from 1971 that looks just like that. I got it for $.10 at a thrift store and I’ve used it twice for my daughter. I’ve definitely gotten my use out of it! :)

  6. Can I have one? I promise I’ll wear it without any coaxing! But you know what, some of the clothes I had as a kid which I know think were SO cool might not have been favourites at the time. Clementine will see pictures of that T-shirt when she’s 30 and think, “I was so stylish!”.

  7. What a cutie pie, she looks like you too. Great job on the shirt and pants. My 1 year old boy has some skinny jeans (minus the massive nappy bum) and they are just the cutest on him. I get what you mean about the skinny appeal!

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