It’s Kids Clothes Week this week and since I knew that I was going to be out of town the beginning of the week, I made up a few outfits in advance. Actually these tanks were supposed to be the boys’ 4th of July outfits but I ran out of time to finish them so they ended up wearing them without the graphics. Which now that I’ve finished, I think I liked them better without the graphics. Win some, lose some.
These tanks are a hack of the Flashback Skinny Tee. Fabric is a cotton/spandex knit from Girl Charlee. Eliot’s is an 18M with 1.5″ length added and Oliver’s is a 3T with 1″ length added. I used Tara’s tutorial as a basis for how to make the tank out of the tee pattern but ended up changing it up even more. One major change was that I finished the arm binding using the original instructions included in the FBT pattern for the neckline binding because my ribbing was thick and it looked funny the other way. I also didn’t hem them because I’m lazy like that. These tanks were a practice run on perfecting a tank top and while they look fine, I decided that I would like them better with a deeper neckline and armhole- kinda like the boy tanks that have become popular this season. I made another set after this that I like even better.
I wanted to make Oliver a tank he would actually wear and since he loves Star Wars second to Batman, I decided to try my hand at an ironic patriotic star wars shirt. I showed him several options, and he picked out the storm troopers. I picked out this awesome AT-AT design for Eliot’s tank. This was my second time using heat transfer paper and I’m not really happy with it. It just looks kinda cheap on the tanks- especially Eliot’s because his ended up not showing up and just looking like a dirty plastic mess. I’ve been told that TAP paper is a better option so I’m going to look into that if I decide to try this method again.
At this point, I will leave Oliver’s tank the way it is, but when I get a chance, I’m going to use fabric paint and paint over Eliot’s design so that it is a wearable tank. I tried to get a picture of the two of them together but they weren’t feeling this photoshoot so separate pics it is!
How are your Kid’s Clothes Week plans coming? I love the theme this time- Kid Art, and I really want to be participating more, but we were out of town the first part of the week and have spent the last few days recovering from that. Hoping to get in some time this last part of the week to accomplish something! I do have one more project that I sewed in advance to share with you tomorrow- It’s pretty cute so I think you’ll be excited. 🙂