Wednesday, July 5, 2017

You're the one that I love...(Gina's Knot Your Everday Tee from Snuggle My Baby Patterns)

Every so often, a pattern comes up and poof…a magical idea forms in my head.  That's what the Gina’sKnot Your Everyday Tee did for me.  When Jen from Snuggle My Baby Patterns asked for testers, I jumped in with both feet, and I was so tickled when she added me to the test group!  This shirt is so easy to sew up, and it turned out so perfect for what I had in mind…

Okay, first things first…pattern deets:
- Size range starts at 2T and goes up to 16.  My daughter is topping out on most patterns so I love that Jen’s patterns go a little higher.
- Four sleeve options: cap, short, ¾, and long.  This makes this pattern really versatile and completely perfect for year round wear.
- Two hemlines:  straight or rounded back.  My daughter likes both styles so I could easily make eight different shirts with one pattern.
- Perfect for those panels that you see in a lot of the custom knit groups.  One of the testers used them, and it was like this pattern was made for panels.
- Layered pattern pieces so you can print just the size(s) you want or need.
- Full color photos with each step of the pattern for visual comparison.

So we’ve been on an oldies kick in the house lately, and the opening song for Grease came up on YouTube and PING!  I suddenly had such a great idea for a theme for my outfit.  What’s more iconic than the Pink Ladies and T Birds?  SO, I went about doing some research.  Clearly, it meant watching Grease and Grease 2 to make sure I got the look right. HA!

For my top, I went with both light pink and black cotton lycra.  I also freezer paper stenciled Pink Ladies on the back.  The top is separated into a yoke and bottom portion so it’s perfect for color blocking, but I didn’t choose to do that for my make because it didn’t go with my idea.  It is so ridiculously cute with color blocking, though!  I also added an inch to the length because my daughter has a ridiculously long torso, and we have to do some wangling when buying ready to wear to make sure they come down long enough for her tastes.

The pattern is rated intermediate, and I would agree with that.  Between the separate pieces for the top and the bottom and the binding on the tie at that bottom, I would definitely suggest some familiarity with knits.  That doesn’t mean that an adventurous beginner couldn’t also make this top, though.  Jen is going to be doing a video on how to do the binding at the bottom and will post that on the blog to better show how to enclose the ties and finish the keyhole edges.

We took to an area known as the Plaza District and hit up an ice cream parlor called Roxy’s Ice Cream Social for our photo shoot.  I liked the whole soda shop hangout from Grease and decided to go with that instead of the bowling alley that Grease 2 centers around.  We were there for a good hour or so, and my girl had no issues at all with moving around and jumping on things she kept seeing.  The size 7 was perfect on the fit with the exception of that tiny adjustment on the length.  The cap sleeves were perfect because it was about 98 degrees out when we were taking pictures.  I kept praying for a little bit of cloud coverage, and I got it…right as we hopped in the car to get some lunch.  Thanks, Oklahoma.

So, this pattern just released (5 July), and it's on sale right now at a special release price of $5.  This price is only good for a week so you don't want to miss out on this one!  If you aren't quite familiar with knits, you can always hop on the Snuggle My Baby FB group, and someone is always around that can help answer questions...or you can get in touch with Jen because she's pretty amazing at helping people walk through her patterns.  

The Gina's Not Your Everday Tee really is so versatile and perfect for every season!  Now go grab yourself a copy and sew up some love..and share your photos with us so that we can get some inspiration from you!   Thanks for reading along!!

Blessings and Happy Sewing,

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