Jess at Gracious Threads recently released the Seena Dolman. Available in both womens and girls sizes it is a great beginner pattern for those just starting out sewing with knits. Following that theme she is currently hosting the New to Knits sewalong featuring her new pattern. Even though this is not my first knit project following along taught me a few new tricks and was a great opportunity to do a bit of sewing for myself.
Jess’s directions were easy to follow and owning a serger made the project something I could easily knock out in under an hour while keeping an eye on a baby and a pre-schooler! Since knits don’t have fraying issues it would not be that much more difficult to whip one up on a regular sewing machine. I selected a lightweight thermal that I purchased on clearance last winter.
Originally I had plan on just making a top for myself. Sizing for the girls version started at 2T, much too big for my tiny Pen, but once I finished my top I loved the design so much that I felt inspired to super reduce the pattern to a size closer to 6-12 months. Pen currently wears a 3-6 so it fits a bit loose but I went for bigger because I have a feeling that another growth spurt is just around the corner.
With the 2T being for a 21″ chest and my intention to make something for 17″ chest I calculated the 17 to be close to 81% of 21 and printed the girls pattern scaled to 81%. I cut the smallest size (2T) that I based my calculations on and compared the pattern to a 6-12 month size top for minor adjustments. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I will add this disclaimer again: A child’s proportions change quite a bit at different development stages so doing a quick and dirty adjustment by printing a pattern scaled may not always make an appropriately sized garment. I would not worry so much about something simple like a knit shirt, especially if you compare the sizing to a pre-made garment, but changing a more complicated pattern may require more precise tweaking. The itty bitty version of the Seena Dolman took less than 1/2 yard and I whipped it up in less than 30 minutes!