Hi! Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl here!! I have been loving the book, Never Been Stitched (and so has my 14-year old daughter….she’s upstairs
making a family of octopus out of jersey knit and Styrofoam balls!)
My shirt was a men’s XL, and it made a perfect girl’s size 8 skirt.
Of course it would be easy to size it down, but there was not much extra if you are looking to make a larger skirt – I would buy a larger shirt 🙂 The only sewing is the top where the elastic casing is. The pattern said to purchase a shirt with a straight hem, no curves. It’s hard to find a shirt that doesn’t curve on the bottom, I cut off the curves and sewed a straight hem in the bottom – Therm O Web Hem tape would work fabulous too!!
To make the shirt, you can download my whale drawing here. Print the whale out on one of these EZ print Heat n Bond® Lite sheets.
Roughly cut around the whale and the heart. Iron it to the wrong side of the extra shirt material (sleeve). I made the heart out of a scrap of navy blue dot fabric. Cut both images on the pattern line and peel off the backing. Place as desired on the shirt and press into place, heat-setting the adhesive. Sew an outline stitch around the appliqué pieces and hand sew a button eye onto the whale. The whole project took less than an hour!