I've changed my thinking about math training. See my retraction.
Mathcounts season is over for Iris' school. Like last year, they placed highly, but not highly enough to advance to the state tournament. They were bested by a highly selective private school and a few teams from wealthy neighborhoods who took a much more serious attitude towards training (5 years of daily practice, summer camps to train for math competition, really?). But, I am proud of how well our kids did in comparison to other teams that took a similar "Let's keep it fun and upbeat" attitude.
The kids received two T-shirts for participating and Iris and another teammate won gift cards for ice cream for placing in the top (whatever) percentile. Afterwards, the entire team went out for ice cream to celebrate.
Shapeless event T-shirts tend to go unworn and unloved in Iris' closet. I recut the Ts using Kwik Sew 3476, adding waist shaping, trimming the body (from tunic to long T) and sleeve (from full to 3/4) lengths. I found some knits with metallic foil at SAS in colors that match. Click the photos to see the fabrics in full metallic glory.
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