I was lucky to pattern test the Viewridge tank by Straight Stitch Design and made myself two, one with the ruffle option here and reverse bobbin work detail and another tunic like with no ruffle. I really liked how easy they came together and the way the front is assembled left much room for variation.
While shopping for a good friend’s baby I found this Mario World print from JoAnn’s fabrics, which was perfect for a baby romper in a Ninetendo loving family. When my daughter saw the print she fell in love and wanted a top for herself too. Since the Viewridge calls for woven it was a perfect fit. Her upper chest called for the smallest but waist and hip measurements fell into the next two sizes, so I graded width between those and checked the torso length so it wouldn’t be too long.
I used contrasting red and green bias tape from my vintage stash to bind the neck and arm holes because Mario and Luigi’s colors are red and green too. I added green piping around the neck yolk piece, this pattern has six pieces that make up the front. This gives many opportunities for fun embellishments and sews up super fast. I didn’t have anymore yellow star buttons which I used on the baby romper but I did find a single metal star in my vintage button stash that works perfectly.
It’s so hard to make clothing for kids and especially this pre-teen age group, growth spurts can happen overnight. Sewing for her does make it easier to adjust the ease and pattern shape so we flatter and display her individual style, I just don’t make the items too precious. They have to be worn after all.
Keeping it fresh,