I think it is probably universal that every preschool or Kindergarten student has a rainbow dress up day. For all the other colour days, we’ve just scrounged around in her closet, but I wanted to make something fun for rainbow day.
My kids love simple and comfortable clothing that allow them to play. I also wanted the outfit to be practical enough that my daughter could wear it every day and not look like she was wearing a costume.
I couldn’t find anything I liked in my local fabric store, and there was no time to order online, so I came up with this colourblocked shirt. Each colour is a different fabric from my stash! The neck and arms are trimmed with a fun ruffle elastic.
The pattern I used was Ottobre 1/2014 #28, but you can use any tee pattern you like. I do recommend one one with cut on sleeves, or cap sleeves, so you don’t have to worry about another pattern piece. A dolman style would also work well. The pants are also Ottobre (issue 3/2013 #22) and you can read more about them here.
While I don’t have a full tutorial, I wanted to just quickly outline how I did it in case you would like to try. I first traced my pattern piece, flipped it over, and retraced so that I had a complete shirt front and back, not just the pattern on a fold. I drew the lines where I wanted them, then cut the strips up, making sure they were well labelled. I then added seam allowance to the cut edges and cut out my fabric. You can find a comprehensive tutorial on colourblocking here.
I do recommend using similar weight knits for each colour, although I didn’t and have everything from rib knit to jersey to french terry in this top! I did try to make sure each fabric had the same colour tone (eg, stick to pastels or jewel tones).
I have one happy girl, and who needs more reward than that?!