Made for Mermaids Jordan
Pattern designer: Made for Mermaids
Pattern level: 2/10
Time start to finish: 1.0 hour
Suggested fabrics: Cotton lycra, bamboo, rayon spandex, French Terry, jersey knits
My fabric: Cotton lycra for kids, bamboo for stripes
Options: Sleeveless, short, long or thumbhole sleeves, neckband or hood, straight or split hem
I'm happy to share my first pattern test with Made for Mermaids, the Youth Jordan and Men's Jordan! My boys all love t-shirts and quite honestly, wear them almost everyday. We are getting into t-shirt season in Oregon where it's too warm for sweaters but a basic tee is just right. So when I saw the Jordan tester call it seemed like the perfect time to jump into sewing more tops for all the boys in my life.
For my husband, I've been trying to replace his t-shirts he's been wearing since college. Seriously, he just got rid of t-shirts he's been wearing since 2003 and it's 2019. We found he absolutely loves the feel and breathability of bamboo so that's what the majority of shirts I make him are now. This black and white stripe bamboo I purchased from Knitpop last year with the intent on a t-shirt for him, it just took me a year to make it. For this, I made the short sleeve length with neckband, straight hem and kangaroo pocket. Checkout how beautiful that kangaroo pocket is. My tip for getting such a beautifully lined up pocket with stripes is to use washable wonder tape to hold it into place. For his optimal fit, I made a size large chest and graded to a medium waist and hips.
My five year old was the other one to officially test the Jordan pattern. He measured a 3 chest, 4 hip and 6 height. Isn't it amazing how kids can just grow up in height but keep the same size otherwise?! He's the biggest fan of all things with thumbholes so he was beyond excited to see there was a thumbhole sleeve option. This construction was different than any other I've made as the thumbholes weren't a cuff added on but rather a separate sleeve piece. The construction went really well, the only difficulty with this type of thumbhole is topstitching it on the smaller sizes can be challenging.
For all of the kids versions I used cotton lycra fabrics. For this version I pulled the Pete the Cat fabric from my stash and paired it with the TKB Prints geek stripes I ordered last year. This is the neckband, thumbhole sleeves and straight hem pattern options.
Another version I made for him was using the Star Wars cotton lycra from Joann. For the hood center piece I used some stars from TKB Prints again as a fun coordinate. This one he requested an unlined hood, thumbhole sleeves and straight hem. He puts this on immediately from the wash every time it's clean. I'm taking that as a sign that he really loves it!
Then I braved Joann with both boys and somehow got talked into purchasing this Pokemon cotton lycra fabric. I bought under a yard to make both shirts so after some creative cutting was able to get short sleeve plain tees for both of them. My oldest in the size 3 chest and 6 height and my youngest in size 3 chest and 4 height. I did some reverse cover stitching on the youngest kiddos and paired it with another TKB Prints stars for an added touch.
I think for an everyday t-shirt, this is my new favorite. The fit isn't tight but not overly relaxed either. It has the perfect amount of ease for all of their activities and enough length to last them a little while.
Made for mermaids has created bundles for every combination possible when purchasing the patterns. You can buy the Women's, Men's or Youth Jordan on their own or as different bundles to save. The bundles are only available during the new release so it's the perfect time to just grab all 3 patterns!
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