So we're experiencing a lovely fall here in the northeastern United States. The mornings are cool, and the afternoons sunny and warm. The trees are beginning to shed their leaves, and the apples are finding their way to markets in bushels. The pumpkins are showing up on people's doorsteps, and...you get the point.
For days like these we all seem to be coming down for breakfast in either jeans and short sleeved t-shirts, or shorts and long sleeved t-shirts. Inevitably, one of us looks like the inverse of the other. This is especially true when it comes to my boys, who are so close in size now that they often wear one another's clothes. Many a day this month they look as if they took one winter outfit and one summer outfit and shared it - one boy taking the pants from the winter outfit and the t-shirt from the summer outfit, and handing the other boy the long sleeved top from the winter outfit, and the shorts leftover from the summer outfit.
With these mixed up impressions in mind I made the boys each a Flashback Skinny Tee (pattern by the amazing Rae Hoekstra over at Made by Rae) in Zigzag knit cotton jersey fabrics designed by Amy Biggers for Robert Kaufman. I've swapped colors for the boys torsos and arms, making each shirt an inversion of the other.
Knowing my boys as I do, I chose different wrist finishes for each child. For my littlest man I went with Rae's 2 inch rib knit cuff, and for his older brother I picked a simple zig-zag hem. Both necklines are finished with Rae's first neckband choice, and both waistlines are finished with a zig-zag hem.
The blogosphere probably does not need another glowing review of the Skinny Flashback Tee pattern, but I'm going to jump in and say I love it anyway. I love it for its sense of humor, the many different finishing options that if offers, its multitude of photos, and the "hints" it provides.
I've been using a walking foot on my sewing machine when sewing with knits (and minky material) for a while, but I've always struggled when attaching a rib knit cuff or neckband. When I read Rae's hint to use a regular presser foot for neckbands, and I tried it, and viola, it worked! So if you're looking for a simple child's knit pattern to play around with this fall - try this one. It does not dissapoint.