Are you all feeling energetic?! No, I'm not either but this collection of 3 pocketed t-shirts from Kelly J Designs is called the Race Day Collection! My boys love pockets and I've got a love for colour blocking at the moment so these were sure to be a hit all round. So much so, I've made 2 of each final design during testing alone! My personal favourite is the 'On Your Marks' what's yours?
These tees can be bought separately or in a set so I'll talk about the patterns in general then I'll separate, identify and talk briefly about each design!
The PDF files include easy to understand steps accompanied by photos and illustrated instructions for how to customise the size by lengthening/shortening the pattern pieces. There is also a print guide so you know which pages you need to print for each style and size.
They have 5 sleeve options, sleeveless, short sleeve, layered short sleeve, long sleeve or layered long sleeve and the total bonus is, all 3 patterns use the same sleeve piece so there's no need to reprint and cut if you've already got 1 printed in the right size and style!
So all 3 patterns come in sizes 12 months to age 18! They all have layers and different coloured and style lines for each size. There are maximum of 23 pages to print for of them with just 10 needed for the sleeveless 12m Go! The pages need trimming to assemble but I found this to mean they go together very well, especially using the lettered semi circles to match the next page to. They are all for knitted fabrics and the necks definitely need some lycra content for good recovery.
This first set were all age 3 and made with 95/5 cotton lycra. I tried the short sleeve, layered short sleeve and layered long sleeves for them. I made no modifications from the pattern. The marvel and Toy Story jerseys were from JK Jersey and the Dinosaurs are Michael Miller Dino Dudes. The plain colours for these were actually upcycled stretchy 95/5 cotton lycra tees (I was inspired to upcycle by the New Horizons upcycle challenge!)
The 2nd set were made in viscose lycra (percentages unspecified). 'On Your Marks' and 'Go!' were age 3's and 'Get Set' age 5. I managed to get all three out of 1m (1.1yard) of grey and 1/2 metre (0.55 yard) of the bright striped fabric. All of these were layered short sleeve and straight from the pattern. They are a pretty quick sew after the first one or two too as other than finishing the thread ends, which I needed to do the next day, all 3 were made between buying the fabric at 3.30pm and me going to bed at midnight! including washing and drying to preshrink!
How do they fit?
These are designed to be a slim fit, slightly longer length tee. Going by chest sizes made my 5 year old an age 3 and my alost 3 year old and 18-24m. There is only a 1.25cm (0.5 inch) difference in their chest measurements and other than the long sleeve one, they can actually both share each of the tees without either looking like they aren't theirs! I like the slim fit these have and my boys have both chosen to have one on every day since they've been finished, so they must love them too!
photos show the same shirt on both of my boys (I hadn't top-stitched the layered sleeves in the left photo)
I was also able to borrow a friend's son to help me model the whole set together. Using his measurements, I made the age 5 and his fit well too
All 3 patterns are on sale seperately for (£4.14) $6 each or you can buy the whole bundle for just (£9.67) $14 until midnight 7th May, you won't want to miss them!
There is also a FREE non colour blocked tee version available from the files section HERE if you want to try out the fit first!!
We have a winner!! This is a definite make again, in fact as the sizing goes up to age 18, I can see it becoming a VERY well used pattern in my stash for many years to come! My boys have put their orders in for several more already so I think it's a hit with them both as well. I also really love the layered short sleeves so can see myself using that technique time and time again too.
Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!