When Chrissy from Muse of the Morning asked me to review her Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee pattern , I have to admit that I was a little nervous. I can't remember the last time I've sewn from a pattern. I tend to make things up as I go along these days. But I thought it would be fun and hopefully I'd end up with a cute T for my little one. I did just that!
The pattern is easily printed on normal printer paper. Just tape the pages together and cut out your pattern pieces. They are all marked and easy to read. I like the idea of storing my patterns on my computer rather than taking up more room in my overstuffed craft closet.
It's best to use knit material for this shirt. I couldn't find any prints that I liked at my fabric store, so I decided to go with a solid and add some fun with a print on the neckband and cuffs. If I had read the pattern before buying my fabric, I would have seen that the short sleeve has a cuff and the long sleeve just has a regular sleeve. I didn't want to do the henley sleeve, so I decided to improvise and just add the short sleeve cuffs to the long sleeve. Since the shirt was a solid, I think the sleeve cuffs really added that pop it needed. Another good feature of this pattern, it's versatile!
The pattern had easy step-by-step instructions that were easy to follow. Trust me, I know, because I kept checking them to make sure I was doing everything right. One of the things I was nervous about was the snaps. I didn't want to have to buy a snap tool since I wasn't sure how much I would really use it, so I bought snap tape instead. It was easy just to sew it in place. I'm sure the snaps might give it a different look, but I was pleased with how mine turned out.
My little peanut is a bit small for her age, and isn't quite two yet, but I made her the 24 month size. I figured that since we live in Florida I have a few months before it will actually be cold here. Although it is a bit big on her now, by the time she needs long sleeves, it should fit perfectly. I had her try it on for pictures and wasn't too happy when I had her take it off to put her tank top back on. She wanted to keep her new shirt on.
I could have made this pretty quickly if it weren't for three girls and a hubby that wanted dinner. It took me some interrupted time one evening and I finished it up the next morning. Hard to say how long it would have been straight through, but it was pretty quick. I always feel so accomplished when I finish a project like this!
Isn't this long sleeve T cute? So is that sassy model! She must have gotten her modeling skills from her two big sisters. I love that this pattern has the short sleeve, long sleeve and henley long sleeve options. Overall I was really happy with how easy this pattern was to print out, how easy the directions were to follow, and the finished product is adorable! If you love this T, buy your own pattern from Muse of the Morning on Etsy. While you are there check out her other fun patterns for girls T's, kids pants, diaper covers, a sling purse, garden gnomes, and more. You can also check out her blog and other tutorials as well. Lots of fun ideas.