I had purchased a yard of this knit fabric from Joann's
So I opted for a shirt and pants, I could later shorten the pants to shorts if I wanted, or not. If not, I will get longer use out of them, so win win.
I had made a jumpsuit for a friend before, but wanted this two a be a two piece option to allow for more options in the summer heat.
I chose this pattern for the shirt:NB-2T shirt pattern
It works wonderfully with knits, and having used patterns from this site before, I was confident it would be well drawn and would fit very well.
I cut out my pieces one day, and began to sew it together later, thankfully this is easy enough to do, even if you don't do it all at the same time. Frequently my projects are broken up over several days, so I like easy to make things.
I chose to use the same material to make my binding because A: I didn't have any other knit, and B: I just liked it.
So I got to work, I cut a strip 1 inch wide and pinned it right side to wrong side around my collar piece:
My machine has a knit stitch, it looks like a little lightning bolt. Perfect for working with knits (#3 shown below).
I sewed the back of the binding onto both collar pieces and then began folding and pinning the fronts. I prefer to work in assembly line style doing all the pieces that involve the same steps, but that's just a preference. You certainly could work the front piece and then the back. Your call.
After the back is sewn down, you want to fold the binding strip to the front, and under to create a nice binding edge.
Now you create the envelope neckline so familiar with baby shirts. You want to lay your pieces on top of each other, overlapping at the shoulder binding.
Pin your arm pieces at the shoulder, ensuring the points of the armholes all line up.
Notice the collar is looking flatter already, after a wash and dry it lays flat.
Coming Soon: Sewing the pants to match