Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kwik Sew 2918 - Blue T-shirt

I know I said that this space would be quiet for while I was working on window treatments, but I sneaked in some quick projects between one shade being done and the next ones being dropped off.

For this top, I went back to my well-loved Kwik Sew 2918.  This is for my five-year-old daughter and I think I've got it modified to a place where I really like it for her - a good, feminine fit.

Kwik Sew 2918 (modified)

I started with size T3, took it in at the waist, added some length, and scooped out the neck.

I've made puffed sleeves for this pattern before, but they were always too long.  This time I think they look much better.

puff sleeve - Kwik Sew 2918 (modified)

The ruffles are 3/4" strips of fabric gathered with a single line of stitching using a long stitch length and high tension down the center of the strip.  I just sewed them onto the shirt following the gathering stitches.

ruffled embellishment - Kwik Sew 2918 (modified)

It took me awhile to decide on the ruffles.  I was initially hoping for some fabric flowers for embellishment, but didn't really like anything that I tried.  I'm happy with how the ruffles worked out.

One of the rejects was this knitted flower.  I cut 1/2" strips of fabric and pulled them lengthwise so they stretched and curled.  Then I treated the strips like yarn and knit with them.

knitted flower on hair elastic

Even though it didn't make the embellishment cut, it was too cute to just throw out, so I attached it to a hair elastic.

Below is another flower I knit, but didn't finish off.  You can see better what the "yarn" looks like.  Before I threw out all the scraps from this project, I did try cutting a 1/4" strip and stretching it out.  I think that might work better.  The 1/2" was too bulky for the needles I used, but I didn't want a big flower.  Something to try another time....

knitted flower

Both flower patterns came from Nicki Epstein's Knitted Flowers, a really beautiful book.


  1. I like your flower idea, I have been preoccupied with fabric flowers myself lately. I think it might be easier to crochet flowers, though. I will definitely tried using knit scraps as yarn. Great idea.


  2. The T-shirt is great. I love the ruffles down the front. Using the flowers for the hair tie is super cute. Does your daughter like both? Kwik Sew is my "go to" pattern company for my boys too. Love their patterns. Glad you could sneak in a fun project!

  3. I love everything about this sweet looking top. The ruffles are very a mode and you did a great job.

  4. like the t-shirt yarn. i shortened three polos for a friend today, then cut the fabric, that i cut off, into 3/4inch strips and made her a necklas to match her shirts.

  5. Very cute! I love the tee shirt and the knitted flower. Storing away ideas...wish I did more sewing and less planning. LOL. Nice work.

    Lynda in LV