This is continuing the theme of t-shirts that are long enough to cover my daughter’s upper body. Given that it has been 90 degrees for the last few days, these were made last fall when it was still cold. If she needed short sleeve shirts for summer, I would make this pattern again. The School bus t-shirt is a simple pattern that will be in use for a long time.
Pattern Description (from designer): This basic kid’s T-shirt sewing pattern can be made several different ways. With a long-sleeve and two short-sleeve options, you’ll get endless use from this easy and quick-to-sew style.
Pattern Retail Price: $8.95
Fabric Required: 3/4 yard for up to size 8
Amount of fabric used: I got away with about 1/2 yard, would be less for short sleeves.
Sizing: Comes in 6 month to 4 years, then the next size range is 5 years to 12 years. I made a 2T based on chest measurements with 4T length.
Alterations: I added another inch to the second one because the length on the first one was perfect for now.
Instructions: This is a simple shirt, but the instructions are detailed and have enough information for someone who has never made a t-shirt before.
Pattern Issues: None. I had to add a lot of length, but I have to do that to all patterns and store bought shirts are too short.
Fabric Choice: I used pink thermal and deer thermal that I bought from Nature’s Fabric last year. I had a yard of each, and made a long sleeve shirt last winter and this winter from them. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have enough useable scraps to keep using these fabrics. I should buy more of the deer while it’s in stock, because she loved it.
Finished Product: The school bus t-shirt is a cute, simple tee that is long enough to wear in public (because I can make it longer!).
Notes for future makes: Add more length – 4T + 1″
Final Thoughts: I’m happy to have a simple t-shirt pattern to use until she hits size 12.