Last year I blogged about a friend who didn’t want a handmade gift, I had become very disheartened and was going to stop making things for people who were not grateful. However, I received lots of comments that encouraged me to continue but only for people I know will appreciate them.
So I made a Rowan tee for my nephew for Christmas. He’s only 2 and doesn’t really care if his clothes are handmade or not, but my brother and sister-in-law are always delighted when I make things for their son.
For his birthday I gave him a pair of harem pants, his mum immediately checked for the label. “They are from Zara.” she said. But what she was really saying was “What! you didn’t make them?” I was touched by this comment and knew that for Christmas, it had to be handmade.
The Rowan tee is classic t-shirt pattern by Titchy Threads, with more options than a menu at a Chinese restaurant. I have plans to make a grey one too (of course) with a black stripes down the sleeves. But with this one, I was going for colour. I wanted to use the blue and apple, striped fabric I had in my fabric treasure-trove. I would have called it blue and green but it said apple on the label and I like apples so lets stick with it. The fabric had Rowan tee written all over it (luckily it all come out in the pre-wash). That was a joke by the way.
When I laid out the muddy yellow knit next to the stripes, I had to squint my eyes, tilt my head to the side and hope that it wouldn’t look like a macaw. Somehow making the fabric blur together makes me see things a little clearer. Yep, crazy nonsensical, I know. The mix of colours works for me, what do you think?
I hadn’t intended to attach a pocket but I did the ‘squinty eye-head tilt-thing’ again and it seemed to all come together. Do you do odd things like that or is it just me?
I can’t wait to see my nephew rocking his new t-shirt. Thank you so much for the pattern Laura, I’ll certainly be making lots more Rowan tees.