Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Cursed Lap Tee

This project was doomed from the start. Remember this?

To refresh your memory, this was the start of a Lap Tee, a new pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. After screwing up the neck band, I set the project aside for a few days. Then I came back to it and immediately made another mistake.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST READ THE DIRECTIONS!? I used to work in customer service, and it amazed me how often people replied to emails and asked a question that I had already answered. And now I'm that person. The directions stated to lap the back over the front, but I reversed it. No, it's not a huge deal, but seriously? How dumb am I.

Don't answer that.

It's still a cute shirt. And now AB and I can match! This is a simple pattern (assuming you can read better than me) and I can see a bunch of these in the future. I did the construction on my serger, and the 1/4" seam allowances basically dictate using one. If I were to make this on a regular sewing machine, I'd increase the seam allowance to 5/8". Knits get sucked down into the throat plate if you use anything smaller than that.

I used my regular machine and the good ole 3-step zig-zag for the hems. I topstitched the narrow, terrible front band since it was flopping everywhere.

I only topstitched the front, so I can quickly tell which is front and back.

The pattern has short sleeves and long sleeves, but I cut them in this weird elbow length. AB is fussy about sleeves (she gets it from her mother). It's kind of tight around her midsection, the way a lap tee/bodysuit should be. I can see this being cute in an A-line dress, or even with a gathered skirt attached to the t-shirt.

She looks like quite the little lady in this photo (and yes, she was being bribed with her Nabi tablet for these pictures). AB will be turning 2 years old next month, crazy! It was weird sewing up a size 2T for her. I have to get out of the habit of calling her a baby, she's a bona fide toddler now!

While you're checking out the Lap Tee pattern, don't forget that today is Thrifty Thursday! Pick up the Starboard Jacket pattern for $4. Spring is coming (I promise!) and this would make a great spring jacket.


  1. I mess those flaps up every time I've ever tried to sew something with them so I feel your pain. It turned out really cute though!

    1. Thanks! Glad I'm not the only one :) I guess it doesn't really matter which way you do the flaps. It's one of those things that only I will notice.


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