Hi everyone! I am Manda and I would like to share a hack on the Kid's Discoverer Tee with you all that I did a while ago.
I love the look of some fringe, especially for summer. It has that kind of a summer vibe to it. So I thought about it and searched my favorite Ellie & Mac patterns, to find that one pattern that screamed: "hack me"! And I found the Kid's Discoverer Tee. A great shirt, that is easy to make and yet gives you plenty of opportunities to add your own creativity. This is the vision that I had in mind:
So let's chat about how to do this. Well, actually it isn't that difficult, I will show you how to in the next few steps.
You start with printing and cutting the pattern like you normally would. After you have cut all the pieces. You cut an extra piece of the fabric that you want to use for the fringe.
You measure the length of the curve and add 1/2" of seam allowance to that. And that is the length of your fringe piece. For the width, you need to determine how long you want the fringe to be. I thought that was hard without a visual, so I cut a larger piece and just trimmed it afterward.
The next step is to determine the width of your fringe, I choose 1/2". The fringe will curl a bit, so for me, that is the perfect width. Off course you are free to pick your own measurements. ;)
I took my fabric marker for dark fabrics and a ruler and drew a lot of lines at a 1/2" distance. I stopped about 3/4" from the top, and then I cut all the lines to that point.
Then you take the fringe piece and lay it on top of the bottom front bodice (wrong side on the right side), and you clip it on there. I first clip the two outer points and the middle point and then the space in between. After that, you take the top front bodice and you lay this on top of the other pieces, right sides together. And you clip this as well.
While sewing the curve of the front bodice, make sure you move slowly and keep all three layers lined up. And then we are almost finished with our hack!
You can sew the rest of the shirt like the instructions tell you to, just be aware to keep the fringe out of the way while you sew the other pieces. When the shirt is finished, it is time for our last step: take a pair of scissors and determine how long the fringe should be. Cut to that length.
I paired the Discoverer Tee with matching Kid's Joggers. The patches of that pattern are so fun to color block aswell!
Et voila: you did it! Step away and admire your work! Now you are ready for the summer :)
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