Some more basics for the girl child. I found this excellent cotton sateen for the pants in Spotlight - it's a blotchy, abstract pink and orange print on a black background. The dark background, I have learned, is important as pale-background bottoms quickly get trashed from sliding down embankments and tree climbing and such like. I made them the exactly the same as the first pair of Hosh Pants which have been on high rotation.
The top is the Figgy's Celestial Tee (which was also part of the now-finished Perfect Pattern Parcel #2), made up in a white jersey from Spotlight with a coral cotton ribbing from Remnant Warehouse around the neck. This is partly because I liked the look of the coral, and also because I am sick of sunscreen stains ruining white t-shirts around the neck. The pattern sewed up quickly (size 4-5) and I like the little pleats at the neck and the high-low hem, especially with slim pants. I sewed the darts on the regular machine, the shoulder and side seams and attached the neck ribbing on the overlocker, and then topstitched the neck and did the arms and hem with the double needle on the regular machine.
These are just the kind of things I like for the children's day-to-day wear - comfortable, practical clothes with a bit of detail. It seems a little bit pointless to make things as basic as t-shirts, but with a good pattern and nice fabric they end up being not-so-basic, and the $3 ones at Target and Kmart give me the creeps - it just seems wrong that clothes can be made so cheaply. And then, at the other end of the spectrum, I stopped myself spending $70 on a t-shirt for myself the other week because I realised I could make one just as nice for far less. I've put together a little stash of knit fabric and I have some patterns to try and compare - this one, Ottobre 301, the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan for the children, and a couple of Japanese patterns, the Mandy Tee and the Kirsten Kimono tee for myself (and I'm thinking of this undies pattern to use up scraps). If I spend a few days sewing nothing but t-shirts we'll all be set up for winter and I will have worked out which patterns are my favourites. Any other t-shirt pattern recommendations?