kcw summer 2013 [day 5]

July 19th, 2013

tiger tee and stripey shorts by elsie marley

My youngest is my pickiest when it comes to clothes. I get a little nervous making things for him because I don’t want all that effort to go to waste. I’m happy to report this outfit was so well received it was worn for the rest of the day!

tiger tee by elsie marley

Thank goodness because this shirt was a ridiculous amount of effort. First I cut it out all wrong, then I tried to iron on the tiger and it was a one giant fail.

tiger tee by elsie marley

See those little shiny, gold bits? Yeah, the whole tiger was supposed to look like that. What you are looking at is tiger shaped glue. Eh, well it kind of works. The project seemed so cursed–ever have one of those?–that I was too nervous to actually hem the shirt. I just sewed a band on the bottom instead.

tiger tee and stripey shorts by elsie marley

aaaaand the band kind of sucks anyway. The shirt is too long (arrgh! curse of the shirt!) so I may chop it off and try to hem it for real. The shorts though, they turned out pretty cute.

tiger tee and stripey shorts by elsie marley

They are the same Japanese pattern I used for the other stripey shorts. I forgot to add the drawstring again, so this time I unpicked the waistband and made it happen–two very uneven buttonholes later.

drawstring elastic

I found this awesome drawstring elastic in my stash. Have you ever used it before? It worked out so well, I’m thinking about writing up a tutorial on it. Yes? No?

stripey summer shorts by elsie marley

That’s it for day five. There are only two days left in this summer edition of kcw. I have a lot to finish and a busy weekend to boot, but I’m going to try to at least do an hour a day–that’s what kcw is all about, right?!

tiger tee and stripey shorts by elsie marley

You can see all my kcw projects on the new website! happy sewing!

7 Responses to kcw summer 2013 [day 5]

  1. Louisa says:

    I love the shirt! I think it is much more fun with just the little bit of gold than all gold would have been. I also think long works!

  2. dianne says:

    I would love a tutorial on the drawstring elastic!!

  3. Jess Abbott says:

    I pretty much love everything about this outfit!!!

  4. Ash P says:

    Drawstring elastic?! That is awesome! I didn’t know you could do something like that. I definitely need some of that for a few upcoming project, so please do share your tutorial! :)

  5. Loren says:

    I bought some of that drawstring elastic because it looked so cool, but I don’t actually know how to use it. So a tutorial would be great!

  6. Lucy Richards says:

    drawstring elastic tutorial – yes please!
    leave the shirt long… it’ll last longer ;o)

  7. Amy says:

    yes to the tutorial! looks great and I’ve never seen that stuff before!