The ringer Tee by Brindille and Twig is a fab pattern if you want to dip your toe in sewing childrens-wear with an overlocker. You don’t need to use a sewing machine at all. Its quick to throw together and uses half a metre of fabric for baby and toddler sizes. Start to finish, I made this in 45 minutes. Also lets not forget the mention that it is FREE!!!
Making the body and sleeves
First join the shoulders
Set in the sleeve heads into the armholes
Attach the neck band
This done by attaching the ends of the neckband together to make a circle and folding in half. The raw edge is then stretched onto the neck hole. The one thing I do change on this pattern though is make the neck hole slightly larger and the band narrower. The band sits better with a bigger hole and its easier to get over the head. So if I’m lazy I just attach it as per instructions and then just use the overlocker to cut off the width of my first line of stitching. VERY lazy indeed but does the job!
Now comes the magic moment where you fold the sleeves over with the front and backs right sides together. And you machine from the hem, up the side seams and along the sleeves to the cuffs.
Waistband and cuffs
The cuffs and waistband are made in same way as neck band and attached.
Sometimes I’ve made this without the cuffs and waistband. When I’ve done this I’ve added a little more onto length of body and sleeves and then folded over a hem allowance and used a twin needle to finish the edge.
The fabric in this post is using French Terry which is available from Jelly Fabrics. I’ve made the ringer tee with cotton lycra, french terry and sweatshirting. Its great using a panel piece. Its really versatile. But I do think the patterns come up quite long on my kids. Edith is 15 months, I’ve made 12-18 months and it feels quite large but at least there’s plenty of life in it!
Isn’t she just so cute in it?! She loves it and actually take it out the drawer just to walk around with!
Hope you enjoyed this, thanks for reading.