children, sewing

Sunflower Seams Dandelion Shorts & Dogwood Tee {Release}

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I love spring!

Summer is coming!! So, shorts and t-shirts are definitely in order for my kids! Sunflower Seams, a new indie pattern company, have released a t-shirt (with pocket, hood, and color-blocking options), and a pair of shorts (with ruffle option), which are sure to be a hit for your kids’ summer wardrobe staples.

I decided to go pretty simple this time round, and made a basic Dogwood T-shirt with cute pocket, blending size 5 (chest) and 8 (height) for my daughter. I used cotton t-shirt knit that I had in my stash (purchased years ago from Zinck’s Fabric in Lancaster, PA). This pattern comes in three size ranges: (babies) NB – 2, (child) 18m-14, (junior) 14-20. Assembly is easy; the tutorial instructs you to insert the sleeves in the round, I cheated and sewed them on the flat instead.

The Dandelion Shorts are a basic pair of fitted shorts that can be glammed up with a cute ruffle. There are two waistband options – yoga or elastic. Constructions for the shorts are also really easy and sizing is the same as Dogwood. My daughter was between a 6 and 7 for hip and between 8 and 10 for height. I made a 7 hip and lengthened it to 8, but I think a 10 height would have been better for her. I used this lovely bright pink stretch French Terry from Simply By Ti.

Both the owners of Sunflower Seams are military wives, so a portion of profits from sales are donated to Fisher House, an organization that provides housing to families of hospitalized service members.

You can get both of these patterns on sale until April 16, 2021.

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