I’m so excited to share this notebook paper shirt I made for Lena. I saw this idea last summer, but she was still a year away from Pre-K, so I tucked it away until now. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the post I originally saw, but I’ve seen lots of other amazing people doing a similar thing this year – thanks for the great inspiration. This shirt is special in so many ways!
When RCF released their back to school prints, I immediately added a yard of this notebook paper cotton lycra jersey to my cart. I struggled with which solid to pair with it, and ultimately decided on the rust. I’m glad I chose that, I think it works really well!
Now the important part: this shirt was a family affair! It started with Lena. She wrote her name for us using a sharpie. She wrote it a few times and we chose our favorite. Then my parents took over. My mom also sews (check my first post for how amazing she is) and does embroidery. Dad does all the computer work for her embroidery designs and is equally amazing. He took Lena’s name and scanned it to digitize it into an embroidery file. Back it went to Mom, and she and Lena embroidered her name onto the fabric. It took a few tries…the first one we did was too small when I cut the shirt front out. Once the name was set, I cut out the pieces and assembled the shirt. Lena is so proud to have a shirt with her name on it that ‘I wrote myself!’ and I love that we could all help make it a reality.
I’m just as excited about the pattern! I’d been eyeing the Brynn shirt by Sew a Little Seam for a long time. I finally bit the bullet and purchased it a few weeks ago, and I’ve already made two! It has alllll the sleeve options. I used the flared sleeve and the curved back hem for this one. The CL I used is perhaps not quite drapey enough, but it definitely works. I’m looking forward to trying this sleeve type in Lena’s favorite fabric: rib knit!
We both start school in just three days! Best of luck if you have children returning to school, and for my fellow teachers out there: we got this! As always, time is short and the internet is huge…thanks for stopping by!