The Tour de France result was decided today and for the first time ever a British rider, Bradley Wiggins, won the race. Wiggins rides for Team Sky, which was set up in 2010 with the aim of winning the Tour de France with a British rider by 2013. At the time I thought this was completely unrealistic but, incredibly, they have achieved in. In support of Wiggins and Team Sky (and because I thought they’d look cute) I made some tiny yellow jerseys, or mini maillot jaune.

So do you want to make a mini Maillot Jaune for your own budding cyclist? I used the Flashback Skinny Tee from Made by Rae as a starting point and made a few adjustments to get a cycling jersey. The changes include adding elasticated pockets on the back, a full length zip on the front, elasticated waistband and sleeves and adding a collar in the same material as the T-shirt. Rae just released it in sizes 6-14 too so you could make it for older children as well.

I originally wrote the instructions for this here on my blog Craftstorming. Sky also gained a new sponsor :)

Step 1: Materials and Tips

You will need;
T-shirt pattern
Knit fabric (about ½ yard for 4T, I used this yellow lycra with 4 way stretch but any stretchy knit with good recovery would work well)
Co-ordinating thread
¼” elastic
1 open ended (separating) zip (size 14” for 2T, 16” for 4T)
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Tailor’s chalk
Sewing machine (I also used my serger but you don’t need one)
Fabric scissors

Highly recommended;
Water soluble basting tape (I love this stuff)
Good quality sharp pins
Rotary cutter and 24″ quilting ruler

If you are using a lycra fabric then I have a few tips. It is the first time I have sewn with this fabric and I am far from an expert but hopefully I can stop you making the same mistakes that I did…
1. Use a ball point or stretch needle
2. Pins are much more likely to leave marks or snag so make sure you only use really sharp ones
3. Be extra careful with your seam ripper as the fabric tears very easily
4. Don’t use a really hot iron and test a scrap bit of fabric first
5. Don’t skip the interfacing – your zip will look a lot better for it
6. Though the fabric has 4 way stretch there is one direction that is more stretch than the other – cut your pattern pieces so the stretchiest direction goes across the body
7. I found there was a subtle difference in the colour of two sides of the fabric so make sure you’re consistent. On the plus side it was fairly easy to tell as it curls obviously to the right side. It still didn’t stop me attaching one sleeve the wrong way though.
I have seen ball-point straight pins somewhere. . .
How cute! I just love all the beautiful details :)
All together now: <br />awwwwwwwww! <br /> <br />Adorable and an excellent tutorial, too! :D
Thank you :)

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