sewn by kids: elise’s metro t-shirt

Ten-year-old Elise made her dad a Metro T-Shirt for Father’s Day. You can read all about it in the latest installment of our Sewn By Kids series.

Name: Nicole and Elise Kaczorek
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Project Details

Pattern used: Men’s Metro T-Shirt
Fabric used: Raspberry Creek Fabrics Solid Deep Sage Green Jersey Knit

I started sewing garments for Elise when she was about four years old, making the Ice Cream Dress and Roller Skate Dress. My love of sewing grew from there and now I sew daily. I am also a deaf mom. So, Elise does a lot of hearing and communicating for me. I try to pay back all she does for me a bit by creating her dream wardrobe.

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However, this Father’s Day, she surprised me by wanting to sew her dad’s favorite shirt pattern for him. She just received a Janome 10-stitch sewing machine for Easter and was eager to create. I had lots of ideas that were easier, but she was ready to make the Metro T-Shirt for her dad.

She understands that if a pattern calls for knit or woven, you need to abide by that. She makes a lot of decisions for her garments and oftentimes for mine. So, she knew to pick jersey knit for her dad, and chose this wonderful shade of deep sage.

Sewing patterns that kids can sew from Oliver + S and Liesl + Co.

She’s sewn a few accessories for herself, so she knew how to trace the pattern on the fabric. We use pattern weights to hold them down and trace the pattern with Frixion markers. They are probably our favorite sewing notion because you can iron away the marks if you want to.

Sewing patterns that kids can sew from Oliver + S and Liesl + Co.

Once that was complete, Elise clipped the pieces together. She likes to use clips because they are easier for her than pins.

Sewing patterns that kids can sew from Oliver + S and Liesl + Co.

Finally, she sewed it all together! She did a really great job and only had to seam rip a bit with the neckband. That was mostly my fault because I wasn’t watching how it had been clipped. Neckbands are a challenge, and she certainly did a wonderful job given this was her first one.

Sewing patterns that kids can sew from Oliver + S and Liesl + Co.

Elise’s dad was so thrilled and surprised that she made him a new shirt! He promptly put it on and wore it to our brunch together.

Sewing patterns that kids can sew from Oliver + S and Liesl + Co.

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  1. Nicole

    This is the sweetest, most endearing post! Great job, Elise – the shirt looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you so much! I will let her know. It will really mean a lot to her.

    2. Lynn T

      Agree. I can’t wait to share with my grown daughter who teaches 4th gr. Elise is an inspiration.

      1. Thanks so very much, Lynn! That will mean a lot to her.

  2. Phyllis Goodman

    This brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful child, project, family, everything.

    1. Thank you so very much, Phyllis! We really appreciate your sharing this.

  3. Lisa

    Well done- looks much better than my first sewing project 🙂 And I’m sure her dad must just love it!

    1. Thank you, Lisa! He sure does. We are so proud of her.

  4. Cindy Cooksey

    Elise is a talented girl! I love the color she selected. I am amazed that she could make that shirt for her dad by herself. Yay, Elise!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! He loved that she picked one of his favorite colors. I hadn’t even intended the fabric for him, but she saw it right away. We really appreciate your kind comment.

  5. Ava

    Great job Elise and mom

    1. Thank you so very much, Ava! We really appreciate that.

  6. Heide Fries

    Bravo Elise, you did a fantastic job! It is truly a wonderful skill to be able to sew clothing and even better to learn from such a talented mom!

    1. Thanks so very much, Heide! We are so very appreciative that you came by and read our blog. You are so kind.

  7. Emily

    Beautiful work Elise and Nicole!!

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! We really appreciate you stopping by to read about Elise’s shirt for her dad.

  8. Lynn Shepard

    What impressive sewing, and a beautiful fabric color! The fact that she sewed her first neck band so well is truly something to be proud of!

  9. Speattle

    This is fantastic! Elise did a marvelous job. That little machine looks like it handles knits really nicely too. Dad is going to be putting in more orders!

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