Selfless Sewing – Tops for Boys


When I heard that one of my colleague’s child is having health problems, I wanted to help. As there was not much to do do, other than letting her know I’m there for her, I thought that if I make him something it will at least bring a little smile on his face.

And so the journey into making a couple of tops started. He is a massive fan of Mario and Luigi characters, so I wanted to incorporate them in my make. Gee, the only place I managed to find some stretch cotton with Mario and Luigi was on eBay. The fabric came all the way from Hong Kong (I am glad that I managed to find it). I was sure that among my many magazines I’ll find a pattern or two that it was suitable for what I was after. Many magazines later, I settled on the Jacky V pattern (Made by Jack’s Mum) The Short Sleeves version was offered as a free download on Love Sewing magazine issue 27. I found the other pattern in Burda Style issue 11 from 2009.

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Initially, the plan was to make only one top, but I ended up making two of them. One with short sleeves and one with long sleeves. For the neckband and hems bands, I used plain red jersey.  For the top with the set in sleeves, I used a cotton tape to strengthen the shoulder seam. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1cb3.jpg

The main part of the construction was done on the overlocker and the sewing machine was used for finishing.

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With the BurdaStyle top, although I remembered to add the seam allowance to the main body and sleeve pieces, I failed to do the same with the neck and hem bands. Ups! So they were a little smaller than expected. Got to remember if I am making this again I’d need to add the seam allowance to them as well. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1ccd.jpgThe good news is that my mistake did not ruin the finished top.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1ccb.jpgI’ve been told that the little boy loves them both. Phew! I know that’s not much but I am grateful that with my sewing skills I managed to bring a smile to someone. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1cb0.jpg

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