Under the Sea

I’m very lucky that from time to time, I get given fabric for free in exchange for promotion. I love shopping and my favourite kind is fabric shopping where I don’t have to pay! So obviously I was thrilled when Project Run and Play asked whether I could sew some Explorer Raglan T-Shirts, using fabric from the Telarie, as part of their latest collection and blog tour.

The collection is called Project Under the Sea. Thanks to the exciting new Little Mermaid movie I have been singing the song for weeks and there’s no danger of me forgetting the name of this collection. Project Under the Sea is a summer capsule wardrobe with 17 patterns for clothes, swimwear, accessories and plush toys.

The beautiful Yondette from the Telarie gave me free rein to choose whatever I needed for the project from her beautiful shop and as you can imagine, I was like a kid in a candy store.

However, I took a moment to actually think about the pattern and the project. I wasn’t just sewing any t-shirt pattern, I was sewing a raglan t-shirt pattern. The defining element of a raglan pattern is the sleeve and that would be lost if I used any of the amazing prints I had been eagerly browsing.

So, with immense self-restraint, I decided that plain fabrics would be the best. They would show the shape of the pattern and the fun colour blocking option to their best advantage. So I sent Yondette the official Project Under the Sea colour palette and she sent me a parcel of delicious plain jerseys that were a pleasure to sew.

Both my boys grow like weeds and were very grateful for their new t-shirts. I made them with a little growing room but I’m sure they will still out-grow them before our summer comes around!

Jack is wearing a plain raglan and Charlie’s has the colour blocked sides. I made the plain necklines because that’s their preference. However there are options for a single or double snap neckline – perfect for babies with big heads or children who don’t like pulling tight things on over their faces.

Sometimes it makes sense to sew fancy patterns in busy prints with all the options. Other times it’s the right choice to keep it simple. I’m glad I took the latter option here.

Make sure to check out the whole Project Under the Sea collection – there are some fabulous patterns in there!