What I Have Been Working On…

by Destri on October 30, 2010

This has been one of my pet projects as of late.  A new pattern for a sweet little shirt.  Stitching, picking, tweeking, over and over again.  And I think I almost have it.

I am really trying to give it that “yes, I am handmade, not homemade” kind of look, with details and finishes, and overall I am pleased.  Never mind the dents in my sewing machine where my head has hit, or the fact that my seam ripper officially needs sharpened.  :)

Everything is lined on top with hidden seams, and the back has just enough gather now, I think…maybe more?  I think I do want a little more in the sleeves…

The neckline has an easy button closure and leaves enough room for the kiddos noggin that no acrobats are required to get it on…I hate that.

Anyhoo, I think one more draft should do it, and then I am ready for a few of you to try it out (you have no idea how nervous I am!).  Thank you to everyone who has contacted me to test the pattern, you guys are the best.  I think I have someone testing for every size but I would really love for someone that considers themselves a novice to give it a go.  That to me is the true test!

If interested let me know!  I will be emailing you who have already contacted me.

**Thank you thank you to everyone who left a comment and emailed, I now have enough takers!**

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy harris October 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I haven’t sewed anything since my daughters blessing dress–she is 25! But I would love to start sewing again. I have granddaughter that wear size 2, 4 or 5. I would love to try it out, cute top!


Destri October 31, 2010 at 5:16 am

I will send you an email Cindy, thanks so much!


cindy harris October 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Two of my daughters will be here for Thanksgiving–they really haven’t sewed and would love to try!


Sonya October 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I could be your novice! I’ve been sewing on a regular basis for only a year, and have used a pattern maybe 2-3 times. I’d be happy to try it out. Does it come in a 8-10 for girls?


Destri October 31, 2010 at 5:15 am

I will send you an email! Thanks Sonya.


Admitted Fabricaholic October 31, 2010 at 6:46 am

Adorable shirt! And it looks like it will be a great pattern for a beginner! The hardest part will be figuring out the buttonholes, which I know I stumbled on perfecting for months…lol. Have you thought about adding an optional elastic loop, for the true beginners? If they don’t want to try buttonholes? Just a thought…

I think any little girl or Mommy would be delighted to receive this shirt!!!


Destri November 1, 2010 at 3:48 am

That is not a bad idea! Thanks so much! I do have an easy way to do button holes too, so maybe I should post a how-to on that, that way they are not scared! I know just what you mean, I used to just bypass anything with a zipper or a button hole :)


Kim October 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I have had projects that have dulled my seam ripper, too. :-) The shirt is so cute! I love the look. You did great.


Destri November 1, 2010 at 3:48 am

thanks Kim!


vonnie November 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

you are way to critical of your self.
It’s darling.


nicole November 2, 2010 at 7:30 am

I love how it is looking. I think it would be great as a nightgown too! at least from the top!

I’ve never done a yoke, neck are alike that before. If you still need anybody else to try out the pattern, let me know- have a 3 yr old who wears a 3/4!


Cathy November 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

I think this is the cutest thing ever! I’ve been trying to make my own patterns as well, but I’m such a beginner. I’m determined though!

Also, if you could post your easy button hole making method, I’d love to see it!


Erin November 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Hey, I don’t know if it is too late, but I’d love to try sewing your pattern. I am very much a novice but with a toddler, I’m really trying to learn.


Susan December 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm


I am also a novice, mainly sewing skirts and dresses, but I love this shirt sooo much. Would love to try it for you. My girls are a 12-18 months or 2T/3T. Need to try the extra space for the noggin, that’s the issue with my sewing right now, I get it on, but it doesn’t come off without much howling.


Astreia January 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

I am interested! My daughters are sizes 18-24 months and the older is 6X.

That would be awesome to try sewing your pattern.


margaret January 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I have just found your blog and im in love lol.
I know im quite late but if you are still looking for testers Id love to give it a go as Ive only sewn simple skirts and have always been to scared to sew a top.

Ive got two gorgeous girls one who is 6mths wears 6-12mths due to length and a three year old who is more 4-5yrs for length yep produce giants here lol.


daphne January 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

I have a 2 year old niece that I sew for. I would love to be able to try out a yoke, I have never done one before. Please let me know if you need any testers. Any patterns I have ages 2 to 9 to work with both boys and girls. { some of them being my sisters kids. =)}


Natalie January 16, 2011 at 3:19 am

Oh I am totally subscribing to you so I can see when this pattern comes available – too cute!!


Miriam January 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I’d love to try this out for a 9 year old. Have done jammies but never got around to getting the shirt right.


Thilde February 3, 2011 at 3:25 am

I’m a french girl and i’m living near Nantes , I have 3 boys 7 , 5 and 2 year and 2 nieces (3 and 1 year) that I sew for. I am also a novice, I would love to be able to try your pattern .


Katie March 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I would love to try this pattern if you are still offering the option. I have a little girl whom I LOVE sewing things for and have never tried anything like this. Honestly, I am new to patterns, sewing and all….everything I know so far I learned from tutorials.

Thank you.


Amanda September 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I’ve stumbled upon your wonderful site looking for a tutorial on how to sew knitwaistbands. I am a newbie to sewing and have been doing small projects here and there. Have never really tried sewing sleeves, so this would be a challenge! But I love this shirt!! It’s very cute and would be perfect gifts for my 2 godchildren who are both turning 2! I’d love to try this out. Thank you for sharing.


Annadriel September 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

I would love to try this pattern out. I am a newbie in sewing, but I love to sew pretty things and this shirt looks fabulous and perfect for my 2 and half year old daughter.

Thank you,


Monica January 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Hi would love to try this pattern out for the shirt! Have you gotten lots of feedback? Do you have the pattern for sale? Thanks. Monica


Elizabeth February 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Was hoping to find the final version of this somewhere on the site – if it isn’t up as a tutorial or other featured item, is there any way to buy it?

Thank you!


Destri April 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

Elizabeth, I have saved your comment until I had a better date! I am grading it right now, and will have it up by August!


Consuelo March 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

Hi! I’d love to have this pattern so i can make it to my little princess!! do you have them?
Congrats on your amazing work =)


gail May 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi, I’d love this pattern too for my granddaughter. You have done a great job!


Destri May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Thanks Gail, I am going to release it as a pattern late summer. Be sure to sign up for the email and I’ll release it there!


Amanda C October 2, 2012 at 1:00 am

I would absolutely LOVE this pattern. My daughter is wearing 24month jams and I wanna start making her pajamas for christmas each year.

Thank you so much


Jen March 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

is the pattern out yet? i LOVE IT.


admin March 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

I have it into the grader as we speak!! I will keep you posted :)


Jane olney March 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

Hi. I love this top. Is the pattern available yet?
Let me know


Joleen May 28, 2013 at 12:41 am

This is so cute. I am currently teaching myself how to sew. With re-purpose as my main focus due to fabric being so expensive. Could you please send me the pattern with instructions. The pajamas you made with the thrift store blanket were adorable. Great job. Thanks


Melissa August 7, 2013 at 12:30 am

Do you sell this darling pattern? I would LOVE to buy it. :D Thanks so much for your time.


Jimmie Harris September 14, 2013 at 2:24 am

I would love this pattern for my granddaughters 1, 7, &12 its been a long time since I actually sewed anythin


Roopa February 10, 2014 at 11:33 am


I have 2 sons and 2 nieces that I sew for. I would love this pattern for the girls.. they are size 12, infact i would love to have this pattern for myself… is this pattern available??


Destri March 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

I have just sent you an email Roopa!


Jodi May 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I love the pj’s you made with this pattern. Do you have it for sale somewhere? I’d love to make it for my 4 yr old. Thanks!


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