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The Perfect Reading Shirt

2012 August 28

I’m super excited about this shirt. Or, as my daughter would call it – a shirt-dress. The shirt-dress was inspired one day when I was trying to get her to wear something other than a dress. So far it has stuck, if the shirt is longer than mid-hip or so and has a bit of ruffle!

Matt calls it a Frankenstein shirt. This is because I happened to say that the shirt idea came from three different places – one of my favorite blogs – Noodle-head – for the tunic length inspiration, a Sew Can She email tutorial by luvinthemommyhood and a free Burdastyle pattern that I use a lot.

This super-cute back is heart shaped and from the luvinthemommyhood tutorial. She also includes a really good tutorial on how to line the bodice of a shirt/dress without handsewing.

The material is from one of my favorite sewing stores near me Ruti’s Needlebed. I bought it when my parents were here and finally found the perfect thing to make with it. As far as the Burdastyle pattern. I have modified it so many times and it always turns out cute. I have made it out of knit, terrycloth (for art smocks) and also quilting cotton.

I think the Dick and Jane fabric makes the perfect shirt for a little girl who is just learning how to read.

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