Sewing for the Girl: Frenchie Heart in Stripes Tee

Since I do most of my sewing for Twinkle after she’s konked out for the day, we decided that for her school clothes it would be best if I made her a little duct tape dress form so I can ensure a good fit without waking her slumbering soul for measuring. (More on the dress form later, it was a really fun little project!)

Anyway, so now we have a little system going.  I like to put whatever I made for her in the night on the form, and she loves to go in the sewing room in the morning to see what I’ve made. She always throws it on and then comes and wakes me up to show me how it looks on her. I am having a total ball sewing for her, it’s fulfilling some suppressed childhood dream I think. Something about it is satisfying the longing I felt as a vain little 9 year old: I remember thumbing through a  children’s clothing catalog, carefully admiring each item, circling the ones I liked, and scheming money-making plans so that I might order a few.

I do the same thing now (just as fervently) with my Ottobre magazines, and this little raglan three-quarters tee is another winner from the Spring 2011 edition. To add some extra Pee-zazz, I appliqued a simple directionally opposite heart (as seen here), which I think adds a lot. The neck opening ended up a little big, so I used my old fall-back trick of fishing elastic through the casing, which gives a slightly more gathered look.
mad mim_frenchie heart in stripes tee

mad mim_frenchie heart in stripes tee

mad mim_frenchie heart in stripes tee

You guys are gonna be so proud of me, I’m posting THREE whole times this week! On Friday I’m FINALLY posting a big tutorial I’ve been working on for ages, so hang on to your cowboy hats for that!



  1. the mither
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    love the color, love the stripes, love the look, love the girl and love you!

  2. Susanne
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Miriam, I love your sewing! Came accross your blog via “DIY Maternity” and I am hooked… Always have to stop by when I am online (which is basically every friday when I am working from home to save gas money =))
    I am also a huge Ottobre addict – though I guess it is far cheaper for me to mail order the mag (I am living right in the middle of Germany – so not so far away from Finland) – I actually subscribed a couple of months too, because I hated chasing for the mag in the stores (not so many have it on stock – and then usually only one or two).

    Usually I am just reading your blog entries but today I have a question: How did you finish the bottom and top of that little Tee for your big girl (sorry can’t remember the English word for it)? I noticed that it is just a single sew line and am wondering how you do that – or better what kind of stitch you are using to keep it strechty. I am usually finishing with a three-way-zig-zag but sometimes I just would like to have something simpler (also because if the jersey is thin – like viscose jersey my dear Machine is skipping some stitches with the zig-zag…) or cleaner looking.

    Anyway – I do love that shirt too (I have the issue) – oh and I can imagine how much fun it is for you two to go ahead with that little routine of yours …

    So, back to work for me now …
    Have a nice friday.
    Greets from over the big ocean,

    PS. In case you wonder: I spend a school year in Omro, Wisconsin when I was a Teen (actually I spend the turn of the Millenium there – so you go figure my age *g*) – that’s way my English might be better than one would imagine from a not native speaker … =))

    • Posted August 10, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Thank you Susanne! I’m always so excited when someone comments from across the world, it makes me feel like I have a penpal or something! Isn’t Ottobre amazing?? I feel like it’s still a secret here in the states, and that I need to become an Ottobre missionary so that I can spread the good word of all those amazing patterns!
      I have all sorts of tricks for finishing my hems. I use different stitches for different weights of fabric, but the one you’re asking about is just a normal straight stitch! When my knit is a little more stable I can use my largest length (baste) straight stitch and just stretch the fabric ever so slightly while I sew. The stitch length will end up just right, and the stitch will accommodate some stretch. It’s the same technique people use on swimsuits. It works great, especially when the hem will not fight tightly around the body. When my knit is lighter, I sometimes use knit interfacing along the hemline to do the same thing. I will say though, that viscose is a bit harder to get this technique to work, and your machine may skip stitches still. But try interfacing it, as that sometimes work.
      Good luck! Thank you so much for commenting!!

  3. Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Love the shirt! You are so talented! I would love to learn how to sew. Stopping by from WKWW.

    • Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Posted September 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for linking up! Love everything you do!!!

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