Yes, yes — I like so many other sewers have vowed to sew only from my stash and to not be tempted by sparkly new offerings from our favorite fabric makers.
That was all well and good until I came across the new Acorn Trail by Teagan White for Birch Organics. Here you’ll find not only beautiful, vintage storybook-like illustrations in nostalgic autumnal colors — you’ll find them in luscious interlock knit! That’s right — nice, thick knit! As the weather is turning cool around here, these fabrics were screaming to be made into something toasty for my girls. So . . . I caved.
I ordered a yard of Acron Trail Penny’s Seasons and a couple yards of Nature Hike from Fabricworm. When these fabrics arrived in the mail, I was all a-flutter. They are as soft as anything you’d expect from Birch, and the weight of this knit is just right for fall and winter. Their thickness makes them easy to sew with, too.
I tossed it all in for a pre-wash, rolled up my sleeves, and got right to work.
If I want to sew something that will surely be consistently worn by the most discriminating of preschoolers in my household, I turn to Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee. Nothing too fancy — just the perfect cozy shirt (or dress, as you will see or may already know).
For Kiki, I sewed up a 4T, straight up long sleeved shirt with cuffless, hemmed sleeves. The fit is spot on, and it’s pretty much perfect. And, she wears it!
The only change I made was to use Jess of CINO’s method of attaching the neckband that I picked up from making Nessie Tops last winter. Using Jess’s method, you attach the neckband as a long strip before sewing it together into a loop, and before sewing the second shoulder seam. This way, you don’t have to stretch it to exactly fit the already sewn together neckline. I find that you don’t even need to pin it before you sew. Just gently stretch the neckband and sew carefully, matching it up with the neckline as you go.
The only drawback is that you have the seam allowance from the neckband hanging out at the second shoulder seam. But, all you need to do is tack it down right by that shoulder seam. I think it looks just fine and is way faster and less fiddly to put together.
For Lulu, I followed Rae’s tutorial on making this tee into a super chic dress.
One of the other parents at preschool described this dress as “delicious” yesterday. That pretty much made my day — especially since she didn’t know that I made it (wink, wink)!
There’s more to the Acorn Trail collection. Check out the bugs in gold and blue. You may be seeing more of that here before long.
In the meantime, we’ll be channeling our inner woodland creature . . .