Clare came to me with a dress that no longer fitted, in that it was way too short. This was a ponte Groove dress that I’d sewed a couple of years prior. See, my kids do actually grow and get taller! The before photo from 2016:
It was pretty straightforward for me to grab a copy of the Hey June Patterns City Park tee and use it as a guide to straighten out the side seams and curve the bottom hem. Hey presto, too short flared dress becomes a fitted tee!
The neckline was a bit too open and scooped when I first sewed this – but now it’s perfect! While the pattern was out I also sewed up a long-sleeved tee in white stretch panne velvet from stash for Clare to wear to a fairy themed party. I know, she’s a teenager, it’s a fairy party, some things you never grow out of!
Just a quick snap to show you the fit. This is a nice basic fitted tee with set in sleeves. I think that I sewed the girls size 14. The panne velvet was appalling stuff to sew. My overlocker handled it okay but it left terrible little pieces of sparkly plasticky fluff absolutely everywhere. Ugh. I’m avoiding that fabric in the future. It did however fit the bill nicely and Clare looked lovely (and warm) when she headed off to the party – with the addition of wings and a wand, of course!
The cardi is purchased, and the patternless skirt sewn from scuba a couple of years ago.
I have found Hey June patterns to be excellent basics for my daughters. I have three that I use regularly – the City Park tee (set in sleeves, fairly fitted), Camden Raglan (raglan sleeves, fairly fitted) and the Morrison tee (drop shoulder, loose body, fitted sleeve). And as they grow I just reprint and cut out the size that I want. Very worthwhile.