KCWC sew-off, Day 1: Upcycle a Flashback Tee

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I’m already behind Kristin, who posted her Daring Fireball tee yesterday already. Haha! SO exciting!!

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This project would have gone much faster if I had just made it a basic upcycled pink tee (I started with this old one of mine), but of course I had to make it waaaay harder on myself and attempt to add a little voile peter pan collar. With mixed results. It’s cute, when she stands exactly the way I want her to….but as soon as she moves, it gapes quite a bit in the front:

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Ack. If I had had more time to fuss with it, I could have made it perfect…but of course I have other things to sew now, so the fix will have to wait. It’s also a size 4, and Clementine wears size 3, so maybe I’ll leave it and just let her grow into it a bit more?

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One thing that must be mentioned: when you attach a woven collar to a knit top, you MUST leave a bigger opening for the head, as woven fabric will not stretch over the head like a neckband will. Hence this little make-shift placket in the back. And I just had to share this pic, it totally kills me. The “I’m so bored with Mom taking my picture” deep-space-stare. Hee.

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OK, off to do some more Mini-Washi dress sewing!!!

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14 Responses to Pink Flashback Tee with peter pan collar

  1. Jess says:

    love this top Rae! Great, one more thing to add to my KCWC list… ;) the pink and black are great together!

  2. kristin says:

    okay yeah this is adorable. i win on timeliness but you win on customization, for sure! ROUND TWO! can’t wait to see that mini washi! i’m just itching to post mine!

  3. Max says:

    This is super cute! I love it!

  4. Ledys says:

    I love it, Rae, it’s way cute!

  5. Emily says:

    Oh man – this is awesomeness!

  6. Jacinta says:

    Definitely so cute with the pink and black. Looks more of a dressier tee with the collar. And thanks for the tip for the woven & knits together.

  7. ooer I love a Peter Pan collar.

    Thanks so much for providing the pinnable image. I’m a heavy pinterest user and love the initial image which describes the link. I’m always disappointed when I hit up a website which I want to bookmark which doesn’t have any pinnable images.

  8. Jill says:

    eek! That is way too cute. Maybe I’ll just copy everything you make this week and pretend I am you. Would that be ok? mmmkay, thanks!

  9. Jen says:

    hi Rae,
    First I want to thank you for the awesome Flashback tee pattern. I’ve been cranking out quite the number of tees for my daughter, and they are turning out way cute. See?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piggybaby/8429698543/in/photostream
    and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piggybaby/8412778344/in/photostream/
    Anyhoo, I have a question for you:
    Do you think the Peter Pan collar would work using knit fabric instead of woven? I’m too lazy to create a button or snap closure in the back of the shirt.
    Thank you!!!
    a Big Fan,
    Jen :)

    • Rae says:

      Hi Jen,

      I don’t know — I had alot of trouble getting *this* one to lay flat so I would worry about a knit one. I get you about the back closure though; that’s totally a pain. Sorry to not have a better answer!!

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