Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kai Shirt from Weekend Sewing

Another project from Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing book, this time the Kai Shirt for my almost-3-year-old. I'm really pleased how it came out though again there were some issues with the book and I added my own mistakes too I also wish I had used a higher quality cotton, I think this is from Walmart. There is such a world of difference in the feel of it and say a Michael Miller print. It hasn't made a difference with projects like shorts, but for this shirt a crisper, sturdier cotton would be better.

This is my very first project with buttonholes! I think I did pretty good except afterwards I found out that I put the buttonholes the wrong way -- I made them side horizontally! Ah well, Nate loves everything I make, he actually said "I want to wear this always" when I had him try it on.

Some notes on the pattern:
* I'm not sure what's going on with the collar. I thought it was about a 1/2" too long so I resewed the end of it to shorten and then continued which seemed to work. But I also saw someone else's finished project where they didn't shorten so their collar has an interesting shape that doesn't look wrong either...
* I made the size 3 (plus I added about 2" in length which I shouldn't have bothered doing) and the sizing is generous. It's a bit large on my boy who wears mostly 4T tops.
* the instructions say to sew the front edges on the top and bottomin step 4, I think it should only say to sew the top.


  1. Hi you should send your comments on to Heather Ross so she can put them in her errata, I plan on making this shirt for my youngest son as well!
    Thank you for your findings

  2. Yep I already emailed my comments to her. I've already cut out the fabric for another Kai shirt -- it's nice to make a shirt instead of shorts/pants for my son finally.

  3. I had the same problem with the collar. I think I will leave it off next time. Cute shirt and cute kid. He looks pretty happy with it.

  4. Hi Lisa,
    Once I shortened the collar it went together really nicely. I liked the finishing of it.

  5. WOW, I think you did a great job. Gorgeous model!